The so called Mediterranean diet has been held up as a model for those with blood pressure or heart health issues for decades but there has been debate over whether it's the fruit and vegetable component, the oil base for many of the dishes or the regular small amounts of red wine that make the difference.
Some experts say that it's none of these things and claim that the differences seen are all genetic and not diet related at all? (http://www.thepressurepoint.net)
So which is it?
The fact is that despite extensive study of the situation no medical expert has yet come up with a clear answer. One research study in Barcelona found a very modest reduction in systolic blood pressure after adding 25ml per day of olive oil to the diets of men who do not normally consume it.
There's lots of work still to be done so for the moment the best approach is to keep a focus on salt and high fat diets as the key "baddies" in the blood pressure story.
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