This week, October 11-17 is National Nutrition week.
An initiative of Nutrition Australia, National Nutrition Week aims to raise awareness and support the community to look at how food and lifestyle choices impact on health.
This year the campaign is titled ‘Pick Right. Feel Bright!’
Nutrition Australia’s goal is to provide Australians with resources that can help them make healthier food choices.
At the Heart Research Institute we’re aware of how important nutrition is, not just for heart health but for our overall long-term health.
Our High Blood Pressure Group recently made an important discovery. Results from their research suggest that excessive eating may lead directly to persistent increases in blood pressure by causing nerves in the brain to narrow arteries that supply blood to the brain, leading to higher blood pressure.
Furthermore, continued excessive consumption of foods such as fats and carbohydrates may prevent the body from being able to return to normal blood pressure levels.
“Even eating an ordinary meal will cause blood pressure to rise in normal individuals,” says Professor Paul M Pilowsky, who heads the High Blood Pressure Group.
“In susceptible individuals, these meal-induced increases may be dangerous.”
There are two things you can do. Firstly by choosing fresh fruit and vegetables over processed foods, you can increase healthy eating and reduce the risk of many diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers.
Secondly, by donating to the Heart Research Institute, you can support our researchers as they strive to find a cure for cardiovascular disease.
For more information on National Nutrition Week visit www.pickrightfeelbright.com for recipes and fresh healthy eating ideas.