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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  • Nexus4 Google Play

    The coffee bit is a lie. Now they believe that despite the mild spike that occurs soon after drinking, coffee actually lowers BP slightly. I asked my doctor about coffee after being diagnosed with very high Blood Pressure, and he laughed.

  • gduckd

    “Just roll yourself up in a big ball and die, that’s life”

  • Fairisfair

    There quantity of life and quality of life. Why bother living?

  • David in MA

    My doctor gets a funny look on his face when say I would rather live 6 months happy than 6 years sitting in a wheelchair in a nursing home drooling into my lap. Why do doctors feel they have to save you?
    I, on my own, do not add extra salt, drink milk, eat white bread, drink alcohol, use sugar or coffee creamer, eat processed meats and my B/P is still high, I have followed these type of instructions for years and it has had no effect on my B/P.
    I suggest that if anyone has uncontrollable B/P to ask their doctor to test them for thyroid, endocrine tumors and phytochreomocra (sp), a tumor on the adrenal gland(s).
    I also stay away from soy products.

  • Stress is one of the biggest factors. So are the meds you take for other things. Sodium definitely IS a thing to watch as well as saturated fat. If you get your weight down to your “natural weight” not necessarily what the charts say, your bp will go down a lot more. Been there, done that and still doing that!