Seven Foods To Avoid With High Blood Pressure

Deli meat is a convenient lunch staple, but its high sodium intake (two slices of normal ham contain 730 mg) raises blood pressure.

Deli Meat

Ready-to-eat soups are convenient for many. Keep those cans on the shelf if you're watching your blood pressure! Their high salt content raises blood pressure.

Canned Soups

Supermarket spaghetti sauces are salt bombs. Consumer Reports found 400 mg or higher sodium per half-cup in half of the sauce brands.

Pasta Sauces From Stores

Due to their high salt content, many cheeses are forbidden for hypertensives. Blacklisted cheeses include American, Parmesan, and blue, which have above 300 mg of salt per ounce.


Blood pressure watchers should avoid bacon because it's fatty, salty, and rich in cholesterol.


Sugary drinks raise blood pressure and weight. One study found that heavy sugar-sweetened beverage drinkers are more likely to acquire hypertension.

Sweetened Drinks

Moderate red wine consumption has long been associated to lower heart disease risk. Wine should be limited to one or two glasses per day for hypertensives.


Energy drinks are popular among teens and young adults, but the media has revealed their harmful side effects. Energy drinks elevate blood pressure and cause headaches, anxiety, diarrhea, and dizziness.

Energy Drinks

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