High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than 25 per cent of all adults in the UK.
The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs.
Making some small diet and lifestyle swaps could help to lower your chances of developing high blood pressure.
These are the foods you should be avoiding, or risk hypertension symptoms.
Canned beans can be packed full of sodium, which raises blood pressure, said the Edison Institute of Nutrition.
If you do buy canned beans, however, there is a simple way to get rid of some excess sodium.
“If purchasing canned beans, rinsing the beans in a colander under running water can help wash away most of the salt,” it said.
While you may enjoy the taste of tomato ketchup or mayonnaise, they could be adding to your hypertension risk, said the institute.
That’s because they not only contain salt, but also high amounts of sugar.
“Sauces and condiments can be a double whammy when it comes to their composition of both salt and sugar – ketchup is a notorious condiment for supplying high amounts of both.
“Season products with fresh herbs or make sure to use small amounts if choosing to use dips or sauces.”
Although small quantities of alcohol have bene linked to a lower risk of heart disease, drinking excessive quantities will have the opposite effect.
Drinking too much alcohol leads to dehydration and weight gain, which both contribute to high blood pressure.
Consuming alcohol in moderation is crucial. Avoid drinking more than 14 units of alcohol in a single week.
Jacket potatoes may be rubbed with salt before being cooked, warned the British Heart Foundation.
Salt raises blood pressure, and the more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure.
If you’re craving a jacket potato, it’s best to buy the potato from a market, and make it yourself – minus the salt.
While it may seem like all fruit will benefit your blood pressure, grapefruit could have the opposite effect.
It’s been claimed to interfere with blood pressure medication, so people with hypertension should avoid eating it.
“Grapefruit juice can interact with dozens of medications, sometimes dangerously,” said Harvard Medical School.
“Grapefruit’s culprit chemical does not interact directly with your pills. Instead, it binds to an enzyme in your intestinal tract which reduces the absorption of certain medications.
Although biscuits tend to be sweet, they can also contain hidden amounts of salt, warned Superdrug.
When buying your biscuits, always read the label and opt for low-salt options, if they’re available.