Heart Beat October 2015 Issue

Hypertension Linked to Frequent Dining Out

Big portions and too much sodium are largely to blame, but there are some heart-healthy strategies to dining out.

Dining out can be convenient, festive or just a chance to eat something a little different. But patronizing restaurants too often can also be bad for the heart. Research suggets that there’s a strong association between high blood pressure and frequent restaurant visits.

“The connection is sodium,” says dietitian Kate Patton, RD, LD, with Cleveland Clinic’s Preventive Cardiology Nutrition Team. “Restaurant meals, especially from fast-food and chain restaurants, tend to be higher in sodium. Plus, they often serve large portions, so you’re consuming more sodium and calories.”

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