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Worst Foods for High Blood Pressure

Drink Less: Soda

Drink Less: Soda

Sugary beverages like soft drinks, iced tea and fruit punch are linked to increased rates of hypertension, according to a recent study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Think you're off the hook because you drink diet? Not so fast. A different study found that low-cal pops are associated with an increased risk as well, though not quite as much as the sugary ones.
Heart-healthy choice: If bubbles are what you crave, try jazzing seltzer up with a squeeze of lemon or a dash of fruit juice for your own heart-healthy spritzer.  

By Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RD. Rachel is a New York City-based nutrition writer, educator and counselor. Published February 22, 2011.