Red meat to lower your blood pressure? That's what Penn State researchers say, provided that it's lean beef you're eating.
The other important factor is that this protein source is part of the DASH-diet plan, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
Researcher Penny M. Kris-Etherton says DASH features plenty of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, and with the inclusion of lean beef, it becomes the BOLD+diet (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet Plus additional protein).
In order to maintain a heart-healthy diet to lower blood pressure, Kris-Etherton recommends the BOLD+diet, which includes 5.4 ounces of lean beef daily. This proved most effective compared to other diets that had a smaller daily portion of meat.
A good rule of thumb to find lean or extra lean beef is shopping for meat that has round, chuck or loin in its name.