To prevent hypertension, it is recommended to reduce our consumption of sodium, which is to say salt. This is simple to do by abandoning processed foods and making it a habit to cook at home, taking care to add spices and herbs to enhance the flavours without having to resort to salt.
But salt also hides in bottled water and bread. In general, avoid sparkling water, which can be high in sodium, and check the labels.
Why are we so concerned about cholesterol? Because it is one of the main factors that can be controlled to protect cardiovascular health. Reducing your bad cholesterol actually reduces your risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle can have a significant impact on the prevention and treatment of hypertension. To reduce hypertension, the DASH diet is proven and is recommended by experts in the field, such as the American Heart Association. Inspired by the Mediterranean diet, it features plant-based foods (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds) and limits fat, red meats, and added sugars.
For decades, scientists around the world have agreed that it’s important to follow a Mediterranean diet in order to keep our heart healthy and reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. This is one of the reasons why all our meal plans are inspired by it. Another reason, and not least of all, is the pleasure found in the simplicity of the recipes and savouring the flavours.