Lowering blood pressure by eliminating some unhealthy foods, such as those with too much sodium, like the ‘Salty Six’ listed by the AHA may not be a new thought for some. However, as blood pressure issues continue to be a major concern in the world, some may find they need to look for sodium hidden in their foods.
Eating foods that are considered whole, such as those purchased in the produce section of a local grocery store or your favorite farmers market is a good start when trying to eliminate the ‘Salty Six’ listed by the American Heart Association. Packaged and prepared foods are often what should be considered, in addition to limiting use of salt in cooking and at the table.
The Salty Six: According the American Heart Association, the following foods are especially harmful:
Breads and Rolls: These are often higher in sodium than expected. Be sure to check all labels.
Cold cuts and cured meats: A small serving could have as much as half the sodium a person should consume in one day.
Pizza: Just one slice of pizza may contain half the sodium that should be consumed in one day. Look for toppings that contain less salt to keep pizza on the menu.
Poultry: Prepared at home or purchased ready to eat, poultry is often seasoned with too much sodium.
Soup: The sodium content of soup can be high enough to equal half of the sodium needed in one day. Many are surprised when they read the labels of canned soup to learn just how much sodium is added.
Sandwiches: The sodium content of one sandwich could equal more than the sodium needed or allowed in one day.
Using less salt at the table has always been a suggestion for those trying to lower their blood pressure. Considering that and keeping the ‘Salty Six’ in mind may help most lower their blood pressure without medication.
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