It’s Good Housekeeping’s 17th anniversary, and mommies, it’s your month, too! Enjoy meaty reads on everything relevant to you—from deliciously simple cake recipes to stories of compassion during Pope Francis’s visit.

Grab a copy now!

Good Housekeeping
Jennifer Chan, Assistant Managing Editor
March 28, 2012

Replacing Sugar with Protein May Lower Your Blood Pressure

Research suggests a possible way of regulating your blood pressure. By Jennifer Chan

Do you suffer from high blood pressure? If so, consider changing your diet. According to a recent study that appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, overweight people who replace their sugar with protein show signs of reduced blood pressure

In the study, 99 overweight adults with slightly elevated blood pressure levels were made to drink sugary drinks with their meals for two weeks. Afterward, they were randomly split into two groups. One group was given a protein supplement to be added to water, while the other was given a sweet carbohydrate called maltodextrin for the next four weeks. At the end of the study, researchers hoped to find out just what could be done to ease high blood pressure. 

Upon analysis of results, researchers learned that those who consumed the protein supplement drink lost five points from their systolic measurement, compared to those who drank the carb juice.

At this point, though, it is not clear whether the increase in protein intake or the decrease in carb intake was responsible for the lower blood pressure. Lead researcher Karianna Teunissen-Beekman of Maastricht University in the Netherlands said further research needs to be done before a conclusion can be made. She also added that, regardless of the results, living a healthy lifestyle overall is important for regulating your blood pressure and reaping other health benefits.


(Photo by Chef Cooke via Flickr Creative Commons)

Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
NOTE: is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Assistant Managing Editor
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
8 Things That Shouldn't Be Taken Against You
Also known as: Things That You Shouldn't Take Against Other People  Nov 26, 2015 
Why You Need to Drink More Water
Always keep a bottle of water handy.  Nov 25, 2015 
7 Ways Your Bad Posture Is Ruining Your Day
Like giving you a bad rep and outlook.  Nov 25, 2015 
13 Things Every Body-Conscious Girl Must Know
You'll never have full control of your body.  Nov 21, 2015