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Monday, September 22, 2008 ferdie monzon, Community Member, asks

Q: what food should i not eat

can you please help me out on what food should i take if i have highblood

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
9/22/08 10:27am

ferdie monzon,


Thanks for your question.  High salt intake contributes to high blood pressure in patients with known high blood pressure (hypertension).  Therefore, doctors always ask patients to restrict their salt intake, in an effort to optimize their treatment. 


It's almost impossible to completely elliminate salt from your diet.  Doctor's generally would like patients to follow a two gram sodium diet.  Sodium is one of the ingredients in salt, and the culprit when it come to blood pressure.  That's why salt substitutes are OK which use Potassium Chloride instead of Sodium Chloride.  Both provide the salty taste we enjoy.  If you were to measure out how much table salt would equal 2 grams - it would be between 3/4 and a whole teaspoon.


The best way to lower salt intake is to remove the salt shaker from the table, and stop adding salt to foods prepared at home.  Start reading the ingreadient lables on foods which often spell out exactly what the salt content is.  2 gram equals 2000 mg (milligrams). Stay away from canned foods (especially soups, unless they specifically say low salt), processed foods like cold cuts, chips, pretzels and other tasty snacks.  Fruits and fresh vegetables are low in salt and also nutritious.


So, exercise common sense and good judgement.  Think before you buy or order food.  Also, please review our material from Dr. Glenn Gandelman, Salt and High Blood Pressure.  You may also want to read information on the DASH diet - Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.


Because Hypertension is a risk factor for heart and vascular disease, you should also change your diet to reduce fat and cholesterol, another risk factor.  Please review the Cholesterol and Heart section of our website for tips at getting, and keeping these values down, to ensure a healthier future.



Best wishes.



Martin Cane, M.D.

Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
9/24/08 5:33pm

Hi Ferdie,


I would add one additional tip to Dr. Crane's suggestions - select high fiber foods.  You need 25-35 grams of dietary fiber every day.  Good fiber choices include fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, legumes, etc.  Choose breads that have a minimum of 2 grams of dietary fiber per serving.  If you shop around, you should be able to find bread with 5 or 6 grams of dietary fiber per slice.  Buy whole grain pastas/cereals and include a fruit or vegetable with every meal/snack.  A high fiber diet promotes heart health.


All the best,


Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

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Curtis Williams, Community Member
3/19/11 9:06am

What foods not to eat to lower HighBlood Pressure

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