Foods to Avoid With High Blood Pressure

Updated April 17, 2017

Many things contribute to high blood pressure. Contributors to blood pressure include exercise, weight, heredity and diet. Diet can influence blood pressure in positive and negative ways.


Avoid alcohol if you have high blood pressure. If you must drink alcohol, limit it to only one drink a day if you're a women and two drinks a day if you're a man.

High-Sodium Foods

Remove high-sodium foods from your diet. People with high blood pressure should limit sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg a day. Eat less processed foods. Also, watch out for canned vegetables, sports drinks and salted snack foods.

Saturated Fats

Avoid food high in saturated fat. Check out the food the food labels for saturated fat. The American Heart Association suggests limiting saturated fat to only 7 per cent of daily calories.


Although the link is debatable, avoid caffeinated foods and drinks. It can temporarily raise blood pressure. It might also have long-term effects in those sensitive to caffeine.

Nonfood Precautions

Nicotine should also be avoided in those with high blood pressure. It can raise blood pressure for up to an hour.

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Elizabeth Streeter has been writing professionally since 2000. She specializes in subjects ranging from how to live a happier life to potentially harmful food and drug-related interactions. Streeter has written for "Family Circle," "Woman's Day," "Natural Health" and "Fitness." Streeter holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition science from Auburn University and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in psychology.