According to the latest survey, one-third of Americans have high blood pressure and another one-third have pre-hypertension, and this is the reason dietary recommendations, and best foods to eat for blood pressure are becoming popular these days.
High sodium intake and low potassium intake normally contribute to developing high blood pressure. So, diet experts recommend foods low in sodium and fat for individuals with high blood pressure. Here are seven foods to avoid of you are suffering from hypertension or pre-hypertension.
Preserving food for longer months require sodium, as it stops the decay of the food and keeps it edible longer. Most pickles supply more than 570mg of sodium, which means more than 1/3 of the daily recommended portion. Limit your pickle intake if you’re suffering from high blood pressure. Pickles however are high in Vitamin K and helps with blood clots preventing injuries.
Sauerkraut is considered to be healthy foods, as it is high in fiber, iron, vitamin C and K. It helps you boost immune system. However, limit the amount of Sauerkraut you take, as half the cup of it contains 460 mg of sodium, which means more than 19% of your recommended daily intake.
Bacon is delicious and packed with B-vitamins (vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12), vitamin D and mineral including minerals zinc, iron and magnesium. But do you know that it contain fat and sodium, which makes worst food for those with high Blood Pressure. Three slices of Bacon contains 270 mg of sodium and 4.5 grams of fat. Instead opt for turkey bacon which contains lower percentage of sodium compared to the fatty pork bacon.
Donuts are sweeter and tastier, but they aren’t very good for your health and body. Eating a single donut can pack 300 calories and 12 grams of fat, which makes your body receive saturated and trans fat, further increasing your risks of blood pressure, cholesterol and heart diseases.
5. Whole Milk
Whole Milk is rich in calcium and it is best choice when you’re trying to build muscles. But Whole Milk is high in fat and offers more fat than your body required. One single cup of whole milk offers eight grams of fat which increases your saturated fats and in turn raises the risk of heart disease. Opt for 2% milk, or even better-skim milk if you are living with high blood pressure.
6. Chinese Food
The sauces in the Chinese dishes pack high amount of sodium. Nutritionists reveal that Soy sauce and Teriyaki sauce may contain 1,000 mg of sodium in one tablespoon. Limit the sauces and use them sparingly. Also avoid consuming the ready-made noodles packs which contain 14 grams of fat, including 6 grams of saturated fat, and 1731 grams of sodium, which is more than 70% of the recommended daily portion.
Alcohol consumption damages the walls of blood vessels, and high intake increases the risk of blood pressure to unhealthy levels. Limit your alcohol to one-two drinks per day. Consuming more than three drinks cause a temporary spike in blood pressure. Repeating it regularly will simultaneously increases risks of further complications. Alcohol consumption also makes you gain weight
*Results may vary from person to person and results are not guaranteed