Six foods that are bad for high blood pressure

By MEAL FACTS

You've probably had to alter your diet in order to decrease your blood pressure, especially when it comes to controlling your salt consumption.

According to registered dietitian, chef, and owner of the food blog Stirlist Amber Pankonin, MS, RD, LMNT, CEC, 

"Consuming too much sodium has been shown to raise blood pressure in some individuals, so it's important to understand what foods contain a large amount of sodium and how it could impact your blood pressure."

One of the worst foods to eat if you have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association, is sodium (also known as salt), which narrows blood vessels and makes your heart pump more blood into them, raising blood pressure and making your heart work harder.

The American Heart Association advises against taking more than 1,500 mg per day if you have high blood pressure, according to Pankonin. "When it comes to grocery shopping and eating out, this might entail some significant life adjustments."

1. Sunflower seeds

2. Processed meats and cheese & crackers

3. Chips and queso (processed cheese)

4. Pickles

5. Canned soups and broths

6. Bagels or bagel bites (frozen)

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