Medical research has proven that certain high blood pressure food to avoid can raise blood pressure in hypertension patients and increase the risk of hypertension in others.
Some foods known to increase high blood pressure, that should be avoided by people who have or are at risk of developing hypertension are:
Excessive salt, also known as sodium, is the worst offender. Salt can increase blood pressure by causing your blood vessels and body tissues to fill with fluid, which puts extra strain on your heart. That’s why it is very important for people who have high blood pressure or are at risk of developing hypertension to limit their sodium intake. The recommended amount of salt is less than one tablespoon of table salt per day.
Too much red meat can increase cholesterol in the blood, which can increase fatty deposits in the heart arteries and lead to raised blood pressure.
Excessive unhealthy fats can also increase cholesterol levels in the blood, which can cause blood pressure to rise.
Refined sugars and processed carbohydrates, found in most sweets, can increase blood pressure.
Some studies have also indicated that drinking more than one cup of coffee per day can increase hypertension—especially in men.
Hypertension patients can replace the high blood pressure foods to avoid with a balanced combination of low-fat, high potassium foods that are recommended as part of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. The DASH diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, and nuts that are rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium, protein, and fiber, and low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol.