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Worst Foods for Hypertension

Worst Foods for High Blood Pressure

Worst Foods for High Blood Pressure

When it comes to heart disease, the way to a person's heart is most definitely through the stomach. The foods you eat and feed to your loved ones have the power to either ease or exacerbate high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease. This is because sodium retention is one of the major drivers of high blood pressure, especially as we get older. If you have or are at risk for hypertension, here are six foods to nix from your diet plus three to add to your shopping list. 

By Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RD. Rachel is a New York City-based nutrition writer, educator and counselor. Published February 22, 2011.
Reviewed by Joseph Sclafani, MD on April 16, 2015.