The Diet for Health
A: It appears they might. In a study reported in the October 2020 issue of Scientific Reports, researchers compared foods eaten and blood pressure of more than 25,000 people in the United Kingdom. They found that those with the highest flavanol intake were associated with significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and the biggest difference was seen in people with the highest blood pressure. So, grab a cup of tea; eat some berries; and enjoy a piece of dark chocolate.
Eating the Mediterranean way doesn't have to be difficult. Try this Greek salad recipe. It's adapted from the website The Mediterranean Dish. Serve with crusty bread. You can increase the protein by adding grilled chicken.
TRADITIONAL GREEK SALAD
1 medium red onion
4 medium tomatoes
1 cucumber, partially peeled
1 green bell pepper, cored
1/4 cup Greek pitted Kalamata olives