Avoid These Foods If You Have High Blood Pressure

Deli meat

Deli meat may be a practical lunch ingredient, but its high salt content (two slices of regular ham contain 730 mg of sodium) is bad news for your blood pressure. 

Store-bought pasta sauces

You might be surprised to learn that supermarket pasta sauces are genuine salt bombs. Half of the sauce brands tested by Consumer Reports had 400 mg of sodium or more per half-cup. 


Many cheeses are off-limits for hypertensive individuals due to their high level of sodium. Some blacklisted varieties include American cheese, Parmesan, and blue cheese. 


Fatty, salty, and high in cholesterol, bacon is a definite no-no if you’re watching your blood pressure. Even if you don’t have hypertension, you should limit your bacon consumption.


Drinking a moderate amount of red wine has long been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. However, if you’re hypertensive, you should limit your wine consumption to one or two glasses a day. 

Energy drinks

While energy drinks are extremely popular among teens and young adults, the media has recently been exposing their nefarious side effects. 


If you’re taking blood pressure medication, your doctor probably told you to steer clear of grapefruit. This tropical fruit interacts with several medications and can have harmful side effects. 

French fries

The next time you decide to dine out, avoid the French fries. Instead, order a salad with a light drizzle of vinaigrette or steam-cooked vegetables. 

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