Sometimes we tend to focus on losing weight too much and forget the many other reasons why we have to watch what we eat. High blood pressure is one good reason a healthy diet is crucial. With high blood pressure you want to have a diet low in fat grams and sodium. Instead of looking for another diet pill resource, here’s a list of ten foods you should really avoid if you are concerned about high blood pressure.
1. Pickles – Pickles are low in calories but they are loaded with sodium. One medium pickle can have up to 570 mg of sodium. That’s over 1/3 of your sodium limit for the day.
2. Canned Chicken Noodle Soup – Chicken noodle soup is often considered a comfort food, especially when we are home sick for the day, but it is not so comforting when it comes to sodium. There can be up to 880 mg of sodium in a cup of canned chicken noodle soup.
3. Sauerkraut – It’s low calorie food but it also has over 460 mg of sodium.
4. Fast Food French Fries – Many fast food chains are now frying their fries in trans fat free oil, but french fries still provide a large dose of fat and high amounts of sodium. A medium serving of fries has about 19 grams of fat and 270 mg of sodium.
5. Bacon – Bacon is made up of mostly fat. Three slices of bacon have 4.5 grams of fat and close to 270 mg of sodium. Turkey bacon is a tad bit better for you but all bacon should be a “once in a while” kind of food. Moderation is key.
6. Whole Milk – Dairy is a great source of calcium, but whole milk is a high fat dairy source. A cup of whole milk provides 8 grams of fat, 5 of which are saturated. As you know, saturated fats are worse for you than other types of fat. A better alternative is 2% milk, or even better – 1% or skim.
7. Donuts – Everyone loves a good donut, but they sure aren’t good for you! One donut packs in 200 calories and 12 grams of fat.
8. Ramen Noodles – One package of Ramen noodles adds 14 grams of fat to your day and a whopping 1580 mg of sodium.
9. Sugar – Foods full of sugar cause you to gain weight and can lead to obesity and then high blood pressure. It’s an ingredient that must be avoided as much as possible. Again, moderation is very important.
10. Alcohol – Alcohol consumption actively causes the blood pressure to elevate. It also adds unwanted and unnecessary calories to your diet. If you are a drinker, take a look at the following amount of calories:
1 can (12 oz) Beer – 135-145 calories
1 can (12 oz) Light Beer – 101 calories
1 glass (3.5 oz) Red or White Wine – 70-75 calories
1 shot (1.5 oz) Gin, rum, vodka or whiskey – 97 calories
1 glass (6 oz) Cosmopolitan – 143 calories
1 glass (4.5 oz) Pina colada – 262 calories
1 glass (2.2 oz) Martini – 135 calories