HENRY A. SCHROEDER, M.D.; PALMER H. FUTCHER, M.D.; MELVIN L. GOLDMAN, M.D.
Since Kempner1 reported alleviation of the elevated blood pressure in cases of arterial hypertension and renal diseases by the use of a diet composed of rice, fruit juices and vitamins, controversy has arisen regarding the manner in which this diet acts. One explanation for its hypotensive effect is that it is poor in salt, as it contains less than 0.5 gm. NaCl per day.2 Other possible explanations are that the diet is lacking in unknown substances which may play a part in elevating the blood pressure, or less likely, that it contains some material capable of lowering an elevated blood
SCHROEDER HA, FUTCHER PH, GOLDMAN ML. THE EFFECTS OF THE "RICE DIET" UPON THE BLOOD PRESSURE OF HYPERTENSIVE INDIVIDUALS1. Ann Intern Med. ;30:713–732. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-30-4-713
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;30(4):713-732.
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