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Late Night Snacks For Suffers Of High Blood Pressure
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Late Night Snacks for Suffers Of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure afflicts more than one billion people around the world and the number appears to be growing every day. It is especially prevalent in older people, people of color, persons with sedentary lifestyles, obese persons and people with certain hereditary predispositions. Because hypertension is often associated with other serious health conditions, stringent efforts to control this malady are always advisable.

The American Heart Association recommends a blood pressure of 120/80 mmHg in the average adult. Your blood pressure is could be determined at home using a blood pressure monitor. Typically the machine gives two numbers: a number for the top and a number for the bottom. The top number (systolic) represents the amount of pressure present when the heart contracts while the bottom number (diastolic) indicates how much pressure is present when the heart relaxes. High blood pressure exists when these numbers exceed 140/90 mmHg.

Doctors often attempt to control high blood pressure with medication but it is well known that certain foods may exacerbate hypertensive conditions. Therefore, hypertensive patients are asked to stay well away from diets laden with animal fat and salt. Additionally, efforts must be made to moderate intakes and portions. Regardless of the diet plan, most people including hypertensive individuals struggle with late night eating. It is generally believed that late night eating is bad because it contributes to elevated cholesterol and triglycerides but recent findings suggests that this may depend largely on what is eaten rather than when you eat.

The trick to eating late at night is to choose foods that will provide the body with energy to burn fat while holding insulin levels at bay at the same time. Recommended foods include nuts, lean white meat, vegetables and cottage cheese.

Nuts: Nuts like a hand full of almonds is great as a late night snack because it is highly filling and is a good source of vitamins and fiber. You should note however that nuts are high in calories and should be consumed in moderation.

Lean White Meat: Baked breast of chicken and turkey beast are recommended. These are high in protein and provide a good supply of energy throughout the night and help the body burn fat by converting it into energy.

Vegetables: Vegetables especially green vegetables are loaded with fiber and are low in calories. Furthermore, they do not cause insulin levels to spike as it does with carbohydrates and other similar foods. People who get hungry late at night will find that vegetables are excellent for reducing cravings.

Cottage Cheese: This has long been a staple for dieters perhaps because it digests slowly and helps to stimulate the release of glucagon; a hormone that assists in converting stored carbohydrates and fat into energy. Presumably, this is why persons who include cottage cheese in their diet also experience weight lost. More and more people are taking advantage of this and other benefits of eating cottage cheese.

There it is, if you suffer from hypertension and are in the habit of eating late at night help your body by choosing the foods recommended above in combination or as standalone snacks. Apart from helping you fight high cholesterol, high triglycerides and obesity they may also help you keep your blood pressure within the recommended safe range.


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