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Foods to Avoid in High Blood Pressure

A list of everyday food that can trigger hypertension.

By Ha Le SaPublished about a month ago 4 min read
Foods to Avoid in High Blood Pressure
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High blood pressure is the major risk factor for kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke. Food choices have a significant impact on the health of living organisms. Similarly, food choices influence high blood pressure, both favorably and negatively. Every day, the human body consumes a vast collection of nutrient-dense, delicious foods, some of which are responsible for elevating our blood pressure. Consumption of red meat, fried foods, salt, and sugary food more than the recommended quantity can lead to the problem of high blood pressure. If you or a loved one have high blood pressure, you should be aware of some foods that can help control your condition and prevent further difficulties.

Some foods which seem to increase blood pressure are as follows:

Sodium salt

Sodium has the ability to raise blood pressure. Many people ingest too much sodium unconsciously. Some sneaky saline foods such as processed meats, cheeses, soups, and some of the seasonings that are used every day are the culprits. Sodium in salt causes the body to retain water and increases blood volume; an excessive blood volume can elevate blood pressure by exerting pressure on the heart and blood arteries. Reading product labels and avoiding processed meals, and fast food are the best ways to limit the salt intake. Consuming plenty of foods containing potassium as potassium allows the more metabolism of sodium salt and lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels.

Sugary food

This is a common belief that salt is the deadliest enemy if a person is dealing with high blood pressure. But that is a misconception since sugar can cause more harm than salt. Sugar is present almost in every food you consume. Sugary pastries are harmful, but so are sugary drinks. If you are already overweight or obese, eating high-sugar foods will result in unintentional weight gain, which can contribute to high blood pressure or hypertension. To maintain blood pressure within normal range, a person must limit the intake of sugary foods like candies, energy drinks, and donuts. A large donut contains more than 300 calories and 300 milligrams of salt. It contains more than 50% carbohydrates and more than 40% fat therefore, eating donuts during hunger pains is not a good idea, especially if you have high blood pressure.

Red meat

Red meat is another food that a high blood patient must avoid. Red meat metabolism in the human body may also produce chemicals that cause blood pressure to increase even more. Red meat AGEs (glycation end products) appear to restrict the arteries, elevating blood pressure. Red meat contains inflammatory chemicals that may cause an increase in blood pressure. When meat, poultry, and fish are being cooked at high temperatures, the chemicals known as aromatic amines are released into the damaged cells, stimulating inflammation and possibly increasing blood pressure in the arteries. The danger of high blood pressure increases as the color of the meat changes. Although eating red meat may sound delicious, limiting the consumption to once a week is advisable.


Caffeinated beverages are often drunk only by young, healthy individuals with normal blood pressure. Most of the time, caffeine has no impact, but it can drastically raise blood pressure temporarily, resulting in intensive emergency readings. Although there is little evidence that caffeine has a long-term effect on blood pressure, it is best to drink it in moderation and pay attention to how your body reacts. You may discover that avoiding caffeine is beneficial to your health.

Fried foods

Trans fats, salt, and saturated fats are abundant in fried foods. Eating too many fried meals can raise blood pressure if you experience high blood pressure most often. Consider boiling, roasting, or baking food as an alternative to frying.

Canned foods

Canned foods' high salt content as a preservative adds to increase their shelf life. One can of soup, for example, has 100 to 900 mg of salt, which is enough to increase blood pressure. If a person has high blood pressure, he must avoid using heavy sodium consumption through canned food. Furthermore, BPA, a hazardous chemical that elevates blood pressure, is present in multiple types of cans. Although cooking by utilizing canned food is convenient, it poses a considerable health risk. Before purchasing, ensure that the cans are BPA-free; many firms produce them in this manner.

Condiments and sauces

Condiments and sauces like ketchup, salad dressing, chili sauce, and soy sauce, which appear to be safe, can all contribute to uncontrolled blood pressure. High blood pressure patients may not have to avoid all condiments but lessen their use. However, it is critical to check the label because some foods may include high levels of sodium or sugar. It is also important to avoid relying entirely on taste because even condiments that do not taste salty might have a lot of sodium. For people with high blood pressure, you must inspect the label and substitute the frequently used condiments with the ones that are low in salt, sugar, or both.

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