Why is maintaining a healthy blood pressure important?
Like high blood cholesterol, having high blood pressure is not usually something you can notice, but it can damage your arteries, making them stiff or narrower, and easier for cholesterol and other fatty material to clog them up. So there’s even more reason to keep your cholesterol levels and blood pressure under control, as they both can increase your risk of having a coronary heart disease.
Will Benecol foods affect my blood pressure?
As well as eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, one of the most important things you can do to look after your blood pressure is eat less salt. Yet, most of us are still consuming way over the recommended maximum of 6g a day (about 1 teaspoon). But it’s not only important to cut back on the amount of salt we add to our food, but also to watch the salt in the foods we buy. That’s because around three quarters of the amount of salt in our diet comes from processed foods, fast food and restaurant meals. So where possible, it’s a good idea to check food labels and choose products that are low in salt (0.3g of salt or less per 100g).
Reassuringly, there’s no added salt in any of our Benecol yogurt and soya drinks, and yogurts so they are naturally low in salt. We do add a small pinch of salt to our Benecol spreads (and in the UK, our Fruit and Oat Benecol bar (hazelnut and dark chocolate)) to obtain the delicious taste that you are accustomed to. However, the amount of salt in our Benecol products is comparable to other products on the market, and only provides a small percentage of our daily recommended salt limit.
Always check the ingredients list and nutrition label on the back of the Benecol packaging for the most up-to-date and detailed nutrition information (Including salt and plant stanols), as well as on the Benecol product pages.