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Hypertension: These Popular Foods Could Increase Your Blood Pressure, Doctor warns

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Hypertension, or High blood pressure, is a common signal of serious health issues, including heart attack and stroke. A staggering 45% of people in the U.S. suffer from hypertension at any given time, according to the CDC.

Following a balanced, nutritious diet can be as important to staying healthy but in most cases, no one knows what food may trouble you.

According to Dr. Ross Perry GP & Medical Director of Cosmedics, some popular foods and beverages you consume daily can increase your blood pressure.

Foods full of salt, sugar and saturated fats are some of the worst types of food, said Dr. Perry.

He said:

Ready meals quite often contain high amounts of salt and sugar so are best avoided or eat occasionally.

Frozen pizza is a terrible choice for those with high blood pressure because they contain high levels of sugar, salt and saturated fats.

Preserved pickles and vegetables are also full of salt which stops them decaying.

He further added:

Tinned soup is another bad culprit, known for its high levels of sodium. Full fat drinks which are laden with sugar are also really bad when it comes to blood pressure as is fried food, whole dairy, fatty meat, crisps and snacks laden with salt and full fat salad dressings which are full of sugar and salt.

When too much salt is consumed, your body then holds on to water which can attribute to making your blood pressure rise and can put pressure on the heart.

Drinking alcohol frequently can also make blood pressure rise due to the fact it’s full of sugar and calories which can contribute to weight gain and obesity.

Swap coffee and caffeine laden drinks for herbal teas and water. drinking more than four cups of coffee a day can lead to high blood pressure.

It’s best to stick to a whole food diet full of fresh fruit, leafy greens, lean meats, wholegrains and plenty of water.

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