21 Worst Foods For High Blood Pressure


High blood pressure, or hypertension as it is also known, is definitely no laughing matter. Around one in every three Americans has elevated blood pressure, which can result in a number of detrimental life-threatening conditions. Moreover, continued and uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to numerous cardiovascular conditions.

Hypertension can be prevented and mitigated through an active lifestyle, a healthy diet and regular exercise. However, it often needs to be controlled with medication. When it comes to nutrition, some foods are particularly unsuitable for people with high blood pressure and we will be taking a closer look at 21 of them.

1. Salt

Salt is definitely one of the worst foods, or more precisely condiments, for people who have elevated blood pressure or any other kind of heart disease for that matter. The main perpetrator in salt is the sodium, which has been found to have an immense impact on blood pressure.

The reason why salt is such an enemy for Americans with hypertensions is that we use way too much of it in our daily diet. For instance, Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that the daily intake of sodium for people with hypertension not exceed 1,500 milligrams. The problem is that an average American ingests more than twice as much.

This happens because we’re basically attacking our system with salt from all sides. We even add it to foods that have salt in them already. All prepackaged foods – such as frozen pizza, deli meat, fruit juices, canned products and canned soup – and fast foods include large amounts of sodium.

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