Foods To Avoid When You Have High Blood Pressure

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103 Million. That is the number of adults in the US that have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. It is projected that in just ten years, at least 41.4% of all adults in the US will have high blood pressure. This is an alarming figure to process. What’s more, nearly 28% of Americans don’t even know they have the disease, hence high blood pressure or hypertension often being called the “silent killer”. The symptoms and signs of this disease are subtle, but its effects can be catastrophic. It is one of the most preventable conditions, however. Most people can bring down their blood pressure by adjusting their diet and lifestyle.
Read on to find out 17 different foods you should avoid if you have high blood pressure, or if you want to minimize your chances of ever getting hypertension.

1. Canned Beans

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Beans, beans, the musical fruit — the more you eat, the higher your blood pressure can shoot. They are loaded with sodium and preservatives, which can weaken heart tissues. This is especially dangerous for people over the age of 50, who live alone and do not have the energy to cook whole food and fresh meals that can help with hypertension. Preservatives in canned food such as beans can also cause obesity in some, as they contain fatty acids which help keep food edible for longer periods of time. However, if you do crack open a can of beans, make sure you rinse them thoroughly under running water to wash away most of the sodium.