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Good News for Vegetarians!

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A vegetarian diet could help lower blood pressure.

The new findings were published Monday in the Scientific Journal "Jama Internal Medicine." Participants following a vegetarian diet saw a significant dip in blood pressure, compared to their omnivore counterparts. Vegetarian diets are often lower in sodium and saturated fats, and because vegetables are less energy dense than other foods, you can eat more of them for fewer calories.

Nearly 1/3 of American adults have high blood pressure -- known as hypertension -- which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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