6 Foods to Limit for High Blood Pressure

When you have high blood pressure, the right diet choices can do nothing but help. Try avoiding these 6 provoking foods; high in sodium, fat, or both.

1. Pickles

They may be low in calories, but pickles are packed with sodium. One medium pickle (5 in. long) can have 570mg of sodium - that's over 1/3 your sodium limit (2,300mg) for the day!

2. Sauerkraut

It's low in calories and made from cabbage - how bad can it be? A half cup may only have about 13 calories, but it also has over 460mg of sodium.

3. Whole Milk

Dairy has its strong points like calcium, but one serving of whole milk has 8 grams of fat, 5 of which are saturated. Saturated fats are worse for you than other types, and have been linked to heart disease. Try using 2% milk, or even better - 1% or skim.

4. Ramen Noodles

They may be quick & easy, but they're definitely not a healthy meal. One package of Ramen noodles adds 14 grams of fat to your day AND 1580mg of sodium. Interestingly, most of the sodium is found in the flavor packet.

5. Alcohol

Alcohol consumption actively causes blood pressure to elevate, damages the walls of the blood vessels, and increases the risk of further complications.

6. Fast Food French Fries

Many chains have switched to trans-fat free oil, but a medium serving of this infamous snack still has about 19 grams of fat and 270mg of sodium.


Adapted from healthcentral.com, here.

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