Dining Out promotes High Blood Pressure
Fast food restaurants lure at every corner, prompting us to go there for Dining out. Why should you still eat at home or take the trouble to pack provisions for your day?
Unfortunately, the constant out-of-the-wayness not only increases overweight, but also drives the blood pressure upwards – as researchers from the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore have found out.
Professor Tazeen Jafar and his team took a closer look at 501 university students between the ages of 18 and 40 and their eating habits in a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension.
Approximately one third of the subjects already suffered from a prehypertension (prepress of hypertension, especially the men) and about 2 per cent of already marked hypertension.
Long-term observations in people with pre-hypertension have shown that the blood pressure continues to rise in almost one-half within 10 years, resulting in a wash-up blood pressure.
Also the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke is three times higher in prehypertension than in measurements below 120/80 mm Hg – even in young people!
Many people eat out twice a day
In the above study by Professor Jafar, found that 38 per cent of the students ate twelve times a week in a restaurant or cafeteiria. That breaks down to two times a day.
The very same group of people, however, also tended to overweight, lived a sedentary lifestyle and were smokers.
According to the results of the study, one single meal in a restaurant is sufficient to increase the risk of pre-hypertension by 6 percent per week!
What is the difference between the meal and the self-made meal?
Why is dining out so unhealthy?
In most restaurants and canteens the portions are far too big, too bold and unbalanced. Vegetables and fruit come too short, while pizzas, burgers, pasta and fries are popping up on the plates. Food in the restaurant usually also contains more salt, not to mention taste enhancers. Many people react by too much saline with an increase in the blood pressure values.
The new European guidelines of the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) recommends the consumption of not more than five to six grams of salt per day.
However, a single fast-food burger delivers already that much salt, if not exceeds the recommended maximum.
Bring your home made food along
If you cook at home, simply cook more so that you have enough to take along with you to work for the next day. Or you can store your food in a safe place. In many offices there is the possibility to reheat the food.
Even sandwiches can be prepared healthy and fast, often on the evening before. Choose the best full-grain bread, healthy bread spreads and eat crisp lettuce leaves, delicious cucumber slices or a vegetable garnish.
Conclusion: Those who optimize their eating habits can also get their blood pressure under control.
And do not forget: If you spend time with the family or with friends a nice evening in the restaurant, nothing has to worry about course. However, it is problematic to eat regularly, even daily.