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Foods to Prepare for a Loved One with High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. This makes the heart work overtime to circulate blood through the blood vessels.

Too much salt intake can lead to hypertension, so an adjustment to what you eat every day can make a world of difference.

For someone taking care of a loved one with high blood pressure, there are certain tips and secrets for offering a low-sodium diet without sacrificing taste.

According to Everyday Health, a low-sodium diet, which can be determined by a patients doctor, and reducing caloric intake and losing weight or carefully watching weight are all essential for a person with high blood pressure.

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet includes foods high in fiber and protein and rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium all key factors in helping to reduce high blood pressure.
Instead of focusing on what your loved one cant eat, have fun exploring new options for a low-sodium, healthy diet.

Dispose of the deep fryer, and check out these Everyday Health tips for healthy meal preparation for people with high blood pressure >>

Roast meats and chicken on racks so that fat can drip off. Stew or braise meats and poultry on the stove or in the oven.

Then cool the food so that you can remove any congealed fat before reheating and serving. Poach fish and chicken in fat-free liquids. Broil or grill just about any meat, poultry, or vegetable and let the fat drip off. Steam all kinds of foods over boiling water.

Instead of relying on sodium, consider these alternatives which both flavor foods and combat high blood pressure >>

Basil (fresh or dried can be used with fish, lean meats, and in

soups and sauces. Thyme gives an earthy taste to sauces and soups. Caraway seeds lend a nutty taste to breads, steamed cabbage and noodles. Chives add bite to salads and vegetables. Rosemary works well in hearty dishes like meatloaf, potatoes and beans.
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Cinnamon is tasty on many fruits. Dill is great in sauces or tossed on vegetables. Garlic adds another dimension of flavor to just about any savory

food be sure not to use garlic salt. Lemon juice enhances the flavor of salads, vegetables and fish. Paprika gives a spicy kick to roasted meats and vegetables. Before using a commercial salt substitute, be sure to check with your doctor

Foods to avoid to maintain a low-sodium diet >>

Dont eat many packaged and processed foods. Dont use too many pickled, cured, brined or smoked foods. Dont cook with flavored pastas, rice or cereal mixes. Theyre

typically loaded with sodium. Add your own flavorings to plain pasta and rice instead. Dont choose salted nuts, chips and crackers.

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