Foods to avoid if you’re hypertensive

March 29, 2020
Food high in sodium

PEOPLE with underlying conditions – high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, and other related cardiovascular diseases – have weak immune system and may be at risk of contracting infectious diseases like the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Almost all patients exposed and had contracted the virus have one of these illnesses, while other factors like smoking and drinking were seen in some young patients.

Hypertension, for example, a person who has this condition, they can suffer from symptoms like fatigue, migraines, and eventually heart failure. They were encouraged to exercise to help the body burn off the excess salt and sugar by turning them into energy.

However, because the country is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), outdoor exercise is impossible. Besides, people tend to eat more fried foods and sugar drinks (its summer already) while under home quarantine.

Most of the foods (from fastfood chains) we love to eat contain high sodium. Try to eat less if you cannot avoid some of these foods listed below:

* Pizza. Pizza contains a lot of cheese and salty tomato sauce, meaning that there is a huge dose of sodium and carbohydrates spread all around it. Eating one slice is enough to cause high blood pressure.

* Energy drinks. Energy drinks are the equivalent of coffee drinks but spiked with soda. They’re really taste refreshing when served cold. Drinking one small can could cause blood pressure to skyrocket because of the caffeine which could last for hours.

* Processed meats. Everybody loves these for breakfast. Sausages, hams, bacon, and chicken nuggets consist of sodium and saturated fats which can cause migraines and artery plaque buildup. These nutrients are not friendly to those with high blood pressure. Bacon may taste good, but the nutrients contained in fried bacon is not good for your health. The amount of sodium and saturated fats found in one piece of bacon can increase blood pressure levels.

* Instant noodles. Part of the relief goods being distributed contains packs of instant noodles. Yes, noodles are easy-to-cook food. However, the amount of sodium (1,580 mg) to make one serving delicious is so much in one cup of noodles. Do not use all the seasoning and wash the noodles with water after you drain them.  

* Whole milk or full-cream milk. Whole milk contains a considerable amount of saturated fats. It may be hard to avoid eating food containing whole milk seeing as how milk is used in many foods like such as doughs and creams.

* Cheese. Cheese makes every meal look tasty. However, cheese is also not good for your health. Cheddar cheese contains 621 mg of sodium per gram. Adding 10 grams of cheese on your pizza is already 6,210 mg of sodium, which is almost six times the recommended daily sodium intake.

* French fries. For every hamburger or chicken meal are bundled with French fries and drinks. French fries contain lots of saturated fats and sodium. The fat is usually absorbed by deep frying the fries multiple times, and the sodium is from the salt that is sprinkled right on top of the cooked fries. But if you still want to eat them, ask for “no-salt” fries.

* Peanut butter. The saturated fats found in peanut butter are more than enough to cause plaque buildup in the arteries. Think again before finishing a jar of peanut butter on your own.

* Sauerkraut. Sauerkraut (atsara) may be a vegetable, but one small portion’s sodium content is already enough for a whole day. The amount of salt found in sauerkraut is approximately 460 mg, providing you with one-third of the recommended daily sodium intake.

* Canned beans and soups. Canned beans, like canned vegetables, also have a high sodium count. Each can of canned beans can rake up 1,600 mg of sodium, which is more than enough for a day. On the other hand, a can or packet of premade soups contains at least 800 mg of sodium. The large amount of sodium is used to give the can’s contents a longer shelf life.