Top Foods to Avoid with High Blood Pressure


In America, almost one in three adults are living with high blood pressure, that’s why the topic of dietary recommendations for high blood pressure is becoming more and more popular these days. What causes high blood pressure? Normally not consuming enough vegetables and fruits can result in a high sodium intake and low potassium intake, which can contribute to developing high blood pressure. So with high blood pressure, you are recommended to have a diet low in sodium and fat, avoid these foods:

  • Pickles

Pickles are super low in calories and fat, and are also high in vitamin K, which helps your blood clot after the injury, that’s great. But they are loaded with sodium, one medium pickle provides more than 570mg of sodium, that’s more than 1/3 of the daily recommended needs. So if you’re with high blood pressure, limit your pickle intake.

  • Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is with several health benefits, including providing vitamin C and K, iron and a good amount of fiber, and it also boosts your immune system, but you should limit the amount you eat, or choose low-sodium brands, as a half cup of it has more than 460 mg of sodium, 19% of your recommended daily intake.

  • Bacon

Bacon is not only delicious, it’s also like other pork products, contains B-vitamins (vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12), vitamin D as well as the minerals zinc, iron and magnesium, which are all essential for a positive health body. But why most people feel afraid to eat it? As it’s super high in sodium, three slices contain around 270 mg of sodium and 4.5 grams of fat, so it’s wise to try turkey bacon for lower sodium intake instead of the salty&fatty pork bacon.

  • Whole Milk

When you’re trying to build muscle, whole milk is your best choice, it provides more fat than you need, a one cup serving of whole milk contains 8 grams of fat. While if you are living with high blood pressure, try using 2% milk, or even better-skim milk, as the saturated fats whole milk contains are bad for you and may lead to heart disease.

  • Donuts

People like donuts, for its sweet taste, but they are not good for your health. A single donut can provide more than 300 calories and 12 grams of fat, as they’re fried, means you’re getting lots of saturated and trans fat, which can increase your risk of heart disease.

  • Ramen Noodles

Ramen noodles are popular among college students all over the world, as they’re inexpensive and so convenient. However, it’s not a healthy choice as they’re lack of nutrients and with lots of unhealthy components. One package of ramen provides 14 grams of fat, including 6 grams of saturated fat, and 1731 grams of sodium, more than 70% of the recommended daily needs! In fact, the flavor packet contains most of the sodium, so to reduce sodium intake, it’s better to not add the flavor packet.

  • Alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol may raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels, and alcohol can damage the walls of blood vessels. For people with high blood pressure, avoid alcohol totally or drink in moderation. Moderate drinking is generally considered to be:

  • One drink for men age more than 65 per day
  • Two drinks for men younger than age 65 per day
  • One drink for women of any age per day

A drink is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.

If you have high blood pressure, limit eating these above foods and focusing on low-sodium foods can help. Some good choices are: potassium-rich bananas, salt-free seasonings, potassium-packed white potatoes, fresh fish, nutrient-packed lima beans, iron-rich spinach, omega-3 fatty acids-rich flaxseed.

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  • Nancy

    Turkey bacon is usually higher in sodium!

  • muna

    information is not correct..pickles and sauerkraut do not increase blood pressure ..but regulate the blood pressure because the slat used for pickle and firmentation is natural sea salt …the pickles water has been used in jaban and many regions in the world to treat many ilnesses …i hope the pesons who provide this link to get time to search and research before telling people what to eat and what not to eat …salt is sodium cloride ….not added sodium like many american food and bevarage.

    • Oma

      The article focused purely on low sodium, and pickles and kraut are high in sodium, regardless what kind of salt is used. Having this said, sodium limitations is mainly for those who are sodium sensitive (I am, and I researched all of this and discussed with my MD). While I eat very low sodium, I found that walking at least 3 miles a day helps to lower blood pressure and helps to stabilize it. There is much info out there about this subject, and one article should not be the only source.

  • Mara Allen

    You can wash pickles to remove some of the sodium. You can also purchase low-sodium pickles. I also take issue with the whole milk and skim milk advice. Skim milk is made with ingredients that raise your cholesterol in dangerous ways. Only whole milk is safe to drink. It's not adulterated the same way skim and lower percentage milks are.

    If you want to lower high blood pressure naturally, buy some hibiscus tea and begin to drink it in small amounts. It works as well as most blood pressure medicines and it's better for you.

  • pamelam

    Also, if you make your own pickles without salt they are very low in calories and taste better than any you can buy in a jar. They only take about 20 minutes to make.

    • kat

      Hi Pamelan, Do you have a recipe for no salt pickles? I have been unsuccessful in finding one…thank you!

  • Carolyn

    Pickles and sauerkraut act like probiotics.

  • Tawnos

    Repeat after me: Saturated fat is not bad for you.

  • coastalchick

    Turkey bacon is higher in sodium than bacon. Try low-salt bacon…it's delish…more fat than turkey bacon…tastes great.

  • Hsp

    I cut out virtually all sugar from my diet and eat a relatively high fat diet. That is not an easy thing as sugar is added to everything. In any case, I've lost weight and my BP is now like it was in my 20's. If bacon and pickles are bad, it is because sugar is added to them. I know before posting this, some of you will know exactly what I am talking about but the majority will think I'm crazy.

    • victor

      Hsp, couldn't agree more! I'm 57 this month with a high (good) fat diet and my blood pressure is consistently around 116/76. As long as you keep your glucose(sugar) under control the inflammation and blood pressure will be fine.

  • Norine

    Repeat after me. Saturated fat is good for you. Eat real food, not fake food made in a plastic factory.
    Most sauerkraut is made to taste like sauerkraut by using vinegar. Real sauerkraut is made with
    cabbage, salt, and sometimes water, then allowed to naturally ferment. Pickles and sauerkraut from the grocery store do not contain probiotics. I am totally disgusted with the people who write and get paid for articles
    when they don't know what they are writing about at all.

    • victor

      In that case the best sourkraut for me would be store bought because I absolutely need all the sodium I can get as a high fat and a very low carb type tends to lose a lot of sodium because our kidneys do not retain it. Your right about the people who write the articles but I'm just as concerned about the average Joe's out there who rely on this advise.

    • Michael M

      right on, Norine

    • mamahabu

      I agree! It's the Un-Saturated, Highly processed, Chemical-laden JUNK that they pass off for pickles and sauerkraut that IS Harmful! Also RAW WHOLE MILK is the BEST! The Processing involved to make 1% or "Skim" Milk is just outrageous and about as UN-Healthy as you can get! I HATE that it is required now, in Schools!

  • Axe

    Got to love more spreading of "nutrition" news that is based upon outdated information. First and foremost, fat is not the enemy. Second, the debate over the effects of sodium as related to blood pressure is not over, and actually sodium restriction may be detrimental.

  • jim

    i eat all those foods all these so called food and health experts over half the time don't know their a s s e s from a hole in the ground and on that note i will cook and eat my half pound of bacon now

  • Euni

    I find that adding turmeric to the ramen noodles it lowers my blood pressure.

  • Robin

    Fenugreek supplements also help lower high blood pressure. My hubby's BP was high 145/94, but after taking Vitacost Fenugreek 1200 mg supplements once daily for several months, his BP is now back to normal, which is 116/70. He also takes 2 mugs of organic green tea daily, which might also have helped lower his high BP. Google green tea and Fenugreek health benefits for more info. Hope this info helps.

    • A_Paralegal

      the downside of fenugreek is water retention

  • Lena

    Jennie-O Turkey Bacon has 130 mg of sodium per slice.

  • Ken C.

    If you don't add ANY of the "flavor" packet to your ramen noodles, you might as well eat cardboard. You could probably get away with only adding half of the packet, plus some crushed peppers to augment the flavor. You shouldn't eat ramen too often, anyway; it's not very nutritious. But, it is quick, very easy, and warm.

  • Kenny Loggins

    Eat liver

  • Gary Lockley

    Never a good idea to get your health advice from a blogger who neither publishes his medical qualifications nor provides links to original research data to support his anecdotal essay.

  • Health Nut

    This article is full of nonsense. One usual package of Ramen Noodles is about 200 grams, does not contain 1731 grams of sodium.

  • mr Ed

    I take a fish oil pill an aspirin a multi vitamin and an iron tablet after breakfast. My blood pressore has reduced from 140 over 90 to normal. I have a beer once in a great while.

  • Older and wiser

    Oh boy, this author is very out of touch with current nutritional research. Saturated fats are NOT a problem if you consume them with a lower carb diet which is something everyone should be doing. They are only an issue if you choose to continue to eat processed fake food and lots of high carbohydrate brain destroying grains which are all over 90% GMO. Not for me!

  • guest

    Comments indicate that we are getting our information from various sourced. Try MODERATION in all things – we all eat too much.

  • Wrecks

    If you want to avoid high salt foods, look at most canned & frozen processed foods. Also, notorious for high salt content are dishes from popular chain restaurants: McDonald's, Burger King, Chile's, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Cheesecake Factory, and P.F. Changs.

  • setlikeflint

    People should do adequate research before posting.Incorrect info is as bad as the well rehearsed info. Except it is wrong. People tend to believe someone who sounds legit. I like to know where information comes from.

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  • rick deep

    voice of reason

    For every pound a person is overweight, his or her heart must pump blood through an additional 33(thirty three) miles- THATS RIGHT, MILES of veins and capilaries. This increases the distance the pump(HEART) has to pump.
    This is also known as "PUMP HEAD". When the pump head increases, the pumps discharge pressure also increases, as the pump must work much harder to supply the extra vessels with oxygenated blood = HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. Its not MAGIC , Its SCIENCE. Weight Control should be your number one concern when dealing with high blood pressure.

  • i have high blood pressure for some years now. interesting article and thanks for the advice

  • Mayank Gupta

    Very True and effective information. Of course above mentioned food are harmful for health but those who are worried about their weight, They can follow an diet plan which includes Foods like apple, nuts, whole grains, green tea, hot paper, soups, eggs. This sort of food are great for weight loss.

    • doucyet

      In your recommendations, it’s the hot paper that has me concerned Gupta. It could cause IBS……..

      • Kami Ajaye

        I think Mayan meant hot peppers😊

  • MerryMary

    Alcohol is the worst one of the group. Don’t drink people.

    • alumette

      tell it to the French who drink a lot and have way less cancers than we do. Somehow even liver problems go away….I stick to my wine.

      • bklynsteph

        French paradox is based on the high per capita consumption of red wine in France. Not the over consumption or of other types of alcohol.

        • David Sowers

          I take resveratrol which is what the french are getting with their wine grapeseed extract… it is great for heart health without the alcohol

          • Chris

            You can also get resveratrol from a handful of peanuts; I’ve read that the brown fiber covering the peanut contains it but most people discard this before eating the peanut. Just like rice bran…….people eat white rice that the bran has been stripped from and it’s the bran that is the good part for you.

        • Daniel Arnaud

          The French Paradox is based on the false premise that saturated fat causes heart disease. Since this has been shown to not be the case, there is no French Paradox.

  • Craigson Burg

    one should drink milk raw or even better make kefir out of it.

    • alumette

      milk is for babies. No adult should drink milk; considering the cruelty that comes with the dairy industry and also the meds the poor cows get injected with to produce more milk, and care for their infections…etc….they are full of medications you should never take, but you are drinking it ; like drinking pus……gag.

      • Craigson Burg

        raw grass fed milk from clean cows has none of what you speak of

  • Michael Haymar

    I notice this article is promoting the — “saturated fat is bad for you” — myth. In order to be healthy you need to eat 50 grams, or more, of saturated fat per day. So drinking a cup of whole milk with 8 grams of saturated fat means you have just ate 8 grams of fat towards your 50 grams per day.

  • Eleny Cox

    What about raw milk that comes from grass fed Jersey Cows?

  • Thanks for sharing the article. According to me drinking alcohol is very unhealthy and it increases blood pressure levels.

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  • doucyet

    What if you combine your milk with your alcohol?

  • Daniel Arnaud

    Salt raises blood pressure in only about 10% of the population. Sugar, on the other hand, does lead to high BP. And nobody ever talks about the sodium/potassium balance, which is more important than the the actual amount of sodium consumed. As for sugar causing high BP, consider that treatment of metabolic syndrome (which requires eliminating sugar) reduces high BP.

  • redmoonrising

    bananas and white potatoes are high glycemic.

  • emmanuelozon

    I have found that grounding myself as often as possible reduces my BP to below what it was while taking 10 mg. lisinopril daily.

    30 day average at 9:00am and 9:00pm while taking lisinopril was 127/78 and 114/72.

    Since grounding myself 123/78 and 113/70. I don’t take the meds anymore.

    • Sunny

      @ emmanuelozon.Please can you explain further what you mean by grounding yourself.

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  • Tigger

    I have yet to find a turkey bacon without nitrates.

  • Michael Haymar

    The saturated fats in whole milk is good for you providing the cows are fed on grass. To be healthy you need to eat a minimum of 50 grams of saturated fat a day. Butter and cream is a good source of saturated fat.