Foods to Avoid if You Have High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, it’s important you follow a diet low in salt and low in fat (particularly saturated and trans fat). Here are some foods that should be on your “avoid” list.

  • Pickles. Pickles are low in calories, which is great. However, they are loaded with sodium. One medium pickle can have around 570 mg of sodium. That’s more than one-third of your sodium limit (1,500 mg) for the day.
  • Canned chicken noodle soup. The thought of chicken noodle soup sounds warm and comforting, but beware! A one-cup serving can contain up to 880 mg of sodium.
  • Sauerkraut. It’s low in calories and a great way to add vegetables to bratwurst right? Nope. A half-cup may only have 13 calories, but it also contains more than 460 mg of sodium.
  • Fast-food French fries. Yes, many fast-food chains are now frying their fries in trans fat-free oil (but not all!); French fries still provide a large dose of fat and sodium. A medium serving of fries provides 19 grams of fat and 270 mg of sodium.
  • Bacon. It’s mostly fat with three slices carrying 4.5 grams of fat and 270 mg of sodium. Opt for lower sodium varieties and try turkey bacon instead of pork. Even with these switches, bacon should remain a “special treat”, not an everyday indulgence.
  • Whole milk. Dairy is a great source of calcium, but high-fat dairy sources provide more fat than you need. A one-cup serving of whole milk provides 8 grams of fat, five of which are saturated.
  • Frozen pot pies. A single pot pie equals a serving of 1,300-1,400 mg of sodium plus 35 grams of fat. The fat includes trans fat, which you want to eliminate from your diet completely, and an unhealthy dose of saturated fat. Clear out your freezer!
  • Doughnuts. You’ve got to love a warm doughnut, right? Well, you’re not treating your body very well when you indulge. One doughnut packs 200 calories with 12 grams of fat.
  • Ramen noodles. One package of Ramen noodles adds 14 grams of fat to your day and 1,580 mg of sodium!
  • Margarine. This makes the list even with the margarine versus butter debate. Experts aren’t opposed to margarine, but you must select margarine without trans fats. Read the label closely. Avoid trans fats completely.

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