High blood pressure and cholesterol can increase the risk for numerous health problems including but not limited to heart attack stroke and kidney disease according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. To avoid such problems it is important to identify foods that will help to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. So when you buy groceries you have to remember foods that will help keep the menu fresh
Good Food for Blood Pressure
Choose fresh vegetables and fruits over canned or packaged products packaged with preservatives. Preservatives often include high levels of sodium which NHLBI said promotes hypertension. Rice and pasta cooked with unsalted water is also smart choices to help with blood pressure — as well as fish and tofu over red meat such as beef and lamb. Another tip is to replace salt as seasoning in cooking with herbs and spices.
A program of the US Department of Health and Human Services called DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) outlines a plan that recommends a low-sodium diet and a daily intake of all groups including the foods that help prevent blood pressure problems.
Good Food for High Cholesterol
Cholesterol a naturally occurring fatty substance necessary for the body’s normal function but too much of it can be responsible for a narrowing of the arteries providing blood less room to pass through. The final result of this process is heart disease.
A diet that will help lower cholesterol according to the American Heart Association is rich in vegetables and fruits whole grain high fiber lean meats and poultry fish at least twice a week and fat-free or one-percent dairy products.
The AHA recommends when choosing protein than fish buy skinless poultry and lean cuts of beef pork and lamb. Among the leanest meat is beef sirloin or chuck pork tenderloin and lamb. Also remove all visible fat from meat before cooking.
Steer clear of Salt
Avoid sodium content of salty food” comes up again and again in the DASH eating plan and in literature about reducing cholesterol. So remember when making food choices as “low sodium” or “no salt added” are good phrases.
Some foods to avoid include processed cured or smoked items such as bacon or country ham. Soy and teriyaki sauces are delicious but is almost like using salt itself. Even the reduced-sodium versions are not good for blood pressure or cholesterol reduction according to DASH. Frozen pizzas and canned food has all the high sodium content typical. Packaged sauce mixes pickles canned soups and dressings are usually not a good idea either when trying to control blood pressure or cholesterol.
A good rule of thumb is to be a nutritional label detective and read what you are gong to put into your body before you buy it.”