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High blood pressure: Frozen pizza branded 'dangerous' for people with the condition


High blood pressure causes are linked to diet and lifestyle, with changing these being recognised good ways to reduce BP reading.

Eating frozen pizza could be “dangerous” for people with the condition, according to Healthline.

“All pizzas can be a poor choice for people watching their salt intake,” said the medical website online. “The combination of cheese, cured meats, tomato sauce and crusts adds up to a lot of salt.

“But frozen pizza is especially dangerous for people with high blood pressure.

“One serving of a frozen cheese or meat-and-cheese pizza can contain more than 700mg of salt, sometimes even more,” they continued.

Frozen pizzas can contain as much as three grams of salt per pizza, or half your daily recommended intake.

“Adults should eat no more than six grams of salt a day – that’s around one teaspoon,” said the NHS online.

As well as pizza, the NHS added crisps, pasta sauces, ready meals and sausages could all also be high in salt.

Salt can cause high blood pressure as it adversely affects the kidneys meaning less water is removed from the bloodstream.

This is because the balance between salt, or sodium, and potassium, that the kidney’s use to filter water from the blood is disrupted.

High blood pressure charity Blood Pressure UK said kidney’s remove water by “using osmosis to draw the extra water out of your blood”.

“Eating salt raises the amount of sodium in your bloodstream and wrecks the delicate balance, reducing the ability of your kidneys to remove the water.

“The result is a higher blood pressure due to the extra fluid and extra strain on the delicate blood vessels leading to the kidneys.

“Over time, this extra strain can damage the kidneys – known as kidney disease.”

High blood pressure sufferers are at higher risk of a stroke or heart diseases, as well as kidney disease, which can reduce their lifespan.

It is possible to lower blood pressure by adding certain foods to your diet.

Eating blueberries could be one way to achieve this result.

These are rich in compounds called anthocyanins, as well as other berries, which can help reduce blood pressure.

Eating one serving a week can reduce your risk of developing this condition by ten per cent, according to a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are easy to add to your diet,” said Healthline online. “You can put them on your cereal or granola in the morning, or keep frozen berries on hand for a quick and healthy dessert.”



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