Sunday, 3 July 2016

Foods to Avoid When You Have High Blood Pressure

Your family physician probably already told you to avoid eating fattening hamburgers and salty fries as part of your hypertension diet. However, there are foods you may not consider harmful that can wreak havoc on your blood pressure. The main culprit when it comes to skyrocketing blood pressure levels is sodium, found in more foods that you might expect. 

If you have hypertension it is advisable you stay away or limit these high-sodium foods in your hypertension diet: 
  • Dried, preserved, or salted meats, like bacon, ham, beef jerky, and pepperoni
  • Heavily salted snacks, like peanuts, chips, or crackers
  • Canned foods and meals, including vegetables and soups
  • Frozen foods and dinners
  • Sauces, condiments, and marinades
  • Table salt or salty seasonings 
  • Pickles 
Foods That Help Manage High Blood Pressure 

There are plenty of foods that can help lower your high blood pressure. Studies show that potassium is very important in helping to so and is a key ingredient in a diet that helps reduce hypertension. Choose these high-potassium, low-sodium fruits and vegetables to help manage your blood pressure: 

Raisins, prunes and prune juice
Citrus fruits and juices
Honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelons
Apples and apple juice
Fresh corn
Cooked squash, eggplant, cabbage, and cauliflower
Lima beans and peas
Peppers and radishes
Baked or boiled potatoes 

Sherldine Tomlinson, R.Kin, PhD candidate