Foods high in sodium and saturated fats, although tasty, can be responsible for heightened blood pressure, according to the World Health Organization. Pizza, fried meals, cakes and bacon are just a few of the many types of foods that contain high levels of saturated fats.
“You eat those things, and the particles of saturated fat get into your blood and make it thicker – more like grease and less like water,” Neal Barnard, founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, told U.S. News and World Report in 2014. “So the heart has to push to get this sludgy blood moving, and that’s why blood pressure goes up.”
Fortunately, foods that can help reduce blood pressure naturally exist, and they’re all around you.
Eat green! Vegetables, specifically green, leafy plants like spinach, have healthy amounts of calcium and iron. “Vary the types of fruit and vegetables you eat. Each has different health benefits and it will keep your meals interesting,” according to Blood Pressure U.K. “By eating a wide range of fruit and vegetables, you will ensure that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs.”
By Philip Lewis