Men who start the day with cereal are 19 percent less likely to have high blood pressure than people who don’t have cereal for breakfast, according to a study presented this week at an American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta. Those who have two to six servings a week are 11 percent less likely to have elevated levels. In either case, people who opt for high-fiber varieties fare even better.
The study hasn’t yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, but it is part of the respected Physicians’ Health Study and included approximately 17 years of follow up with some 13,400 participants.
Our tests of high-fiber cereals, show they don’t have to taste like cardboard. Costco’s Kirkland Signature and Kashi GoLean both did well in our taste tests. Look for products with at least 3 grams of fiber and no more than 4 grams of sugar per serving.
This study also underscores the importance of breakfast, which has been linked to other health benefits as well, including a healthy weight, controlled cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and improved sensitivity to insulin.
Study links cereal consumption to lower blood pressure. [American Heart Association]