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Live Healthy: Healthy swaps for blood pressure

Chronic high blood pressure, is a common issue in the Cayman Islands. Nutritionist Andrea Hill says simple swaps can help you get it in control.

Swap 1: Kosher salt vs. Table Swap

Winner 1: Kosher salt

If you are dealing with high blood pressure you still have to be careful with how much you are using. Kosher is a better choice because the granule is different.  For everyone 1 teaspoon of table salt you get 2300 mg of sodium versus Kosher’s 1100 mg of sodium. If you are using the same volume you save on sodium says Ms. Hill.


Swap 2: Peanut butter jelly sandwich  vs. Peanut butter bananas sandwich

Winner 2: Peanut butter banana sandwich

If you can incorporate banana over jam it can give you an extra boost of potassium.


Swap 3: Green beans vs. Broccoli

Winner 3: Broccoli

What makes this the winner is that the super stock of calcium is a greater source of calcium, which is crucial for the management of blood pressure.


Swap 4: Iceberg & Romaine Lettuce vs.  Spinach

Winner 4: Spinach

The darker the green the more magnesium and calcium you will get.




About the author

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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