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Blood pressure by Dr Rob Hicks, Infinite Ideas

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26. Gimme five

Let’s find out how a fruit and veg high five can help your blood pressure to ‘get on down’.

Remember when you were growing up, and your mum or dad would say, eat your greens, cabbage will make your hair curly, carrots will make you see in the dark.

Experts now recommend that each and every one of us should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. And not because the food mountains need reducing either. We may have thought that our parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles were trying to punish us, but they weren’t – although you could argue that confusing a child by telling him to eat Brussels sprouts but not to eat his bogeys was a form of punishment. It turns out that the wise ones in our family were basically ...

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