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18-01-2016

Foods You Should Avoid If You Suffer From Hypertension

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If you are suffering from hypertension, you should be aware of the need to pay close attention to what you eat: there are, in fact, several foods that you should avoid in order not to worsen the condition. In particular, those who have to deal with hypertension should opt for a diet containing as little salt as possible. High blood pressure is certainly not something that can be overlooked or neglected, as it can directly affect the risk of having a heart attack, an aneurysm, stroke or kidney failure. For these reasons, one would be foolish not to choose foods wisely.

You should steer clear, as far as possible, of all products containing added salt, which means limiting the consumption of salted roast nuts, dried fruit, bouillon cubes, savoury snacks and baked goods. Among other foods high on the black list that might present hidden dangers in the form of high levels of salt are commercially prepared seasonings and sauces, pasta sauces, precooked foods, pickled vegetables or those preserved in salt, cheeses, canned soups, packet soups, salted and preserved meats, processed meats and sausages. If eaten at all, they should be consumed in moderation only, along with refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated fats and fats of animal origin. Of course, for a hypertensive patient all these restrictions may result in them missing out on many of the pleasures of the table.

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Add flavour with herbs and spices

The answer to this conundrum lies in the use of spices instead of salt to add flavour and interest to the diet. Seek out alternative but equally tasty condiments such as the Japanese seasoning gomasio, which is made from roasted, chopped sesame seeds and a small amount of sea salt.

Foods You Should Avoid If You Suffer From Hypertension

Lemon juice, garlic and fresh herbs should also be added to the daily diet. Lemon juice’s alkaline properties have a cleansing effect on the system, garlic helps to keep cholesterol levels low and fresh herbs contain vitamins and minerals as well as being full of fresh, natural flavours. CONTINUE ON THE NEXT PAGE...

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