Do salty foods cause hypertension? Nutritional orthodoxy says yes, though experts have long disagreed and new studies suggest that sodium itself might not actually be dangerous (although processed foods, which often contain a lot of it, almost certainly are). And now, we have a tantalizing and perhaps literally incredible new perspective from researchers who claim that a certain salty cheese, Grana Padano, could actually lower blood pressure in people who eat it daily.
At the American Society of Hypertension's annual meeting (which continues through today, in case you're looking for something fun to crash in NYC), scientists from the Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital and Catholic University in Piacenza, Italy, reported that in their study, a daily dose of Grana Padano seemed to significantly the lower blood pressure of patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension.
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