High blood pressure? Avoid these foods

 

shutterstock_142993354High blood pressure (hypertension) is defined as high tension in the arteries (the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body). With high blood pressure, you want to have a diet low in sodium and fat. Healthcentral.com recommends these top foods you should avoid.

Pickles

Pickles are low calorie, which is great, but they are loaded with sodium. One medium pickle (about 5 inches long) can have around 570 mg of sodium. That’s over 1/3 of your sodium limit (2 300 mg) for the day.

Canned chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup is often considered a comfort food, but it is not so comforting to know that there can be up to 880mg of sodium in a one cup serving.

Fast food chips

While many fast food chains are now frying their fries in trans fat free oil, not all of them are. Regardless, chips still provide a large dose of fat and sodium. A medium serving of fries has about 19g of fat and 270mg of sodium

Bacon

Bacon is mostly fat. Three slices have 4.5 grams of fat and about 270mg of sodium. Bacon should be a “special treat”, not an everyday indulgence.

Donuts

Donuts may be popular, but they sure aren’t very good for your health and body. Just one donut packs in 200 calories with 12g of fat.

 

Written by: Siyanda Nkala