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Prevention (Australia) - - Nutrition -

You’ve no doubt heard that ba­nanas are a rich source of potas­sium, and now US re­searchers are pin­point­ing ex­actly how the min­eral is good for your heart. University of Alabama at Birm­ing­ham re­searchers have shown, for the first time, that mice with re­duced potas­sium in their diet had el­e­vated stiff­ness in the aorta, when com­pared with mice that were fed a nor­mal amount of potas­sium. Such ar­te­rial stiff­ness in hu­mans is pre­dic­tive of heart dis­ease – and death from heart dis­ease. Time to peel, slice, blend, mash or freeze those potas­sium-rich ba­nanas! Av­o­ca­dos are an­other good source of potas­sium, so if you’re not al­ready a fan of smashed avo on toast for Sun­day brunch, you might want to give it a try.

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