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William Graham is trying to eat healthier. His new afternoon snack - carrots and yogurt dip.

"Take two tablespoons of the yogurt, put it in a little dish and with a soup mix and eat the vegetables with it."

New research shows adding yogurt to your diet could help lower the chances of developing high blood pressure. Boston researchers followed more than 2,000 volunteers for 15 years. They found people who ate yogurt were much less likely to develop high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

"About a 31% reduction so that is something that is pretty significant," says registered dietician Nicolette Pace.

People in the study benefitted if at least 2% of their daily calories came from yogurt. That's at least one six-ounce cup of low-fat yogurt every three days.

Yogurt is packed with vitamins and minerals, including potassium which some experts say may help flush sodium out of the body.

There are other ways to keep your blood pressure in check. Doctors say you should watch your weight, exercise, eat a healthy diet and reduce sodium .

Graham is making many of those lifestyle changes and he's lost almost 10 pounds.

"Cutting out breads, cutting out butter things like that and going back to the healthier things."

And he's happy to hear his choices could also keep his blood pressure in good shape.

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