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Have Your Fat And Eat It Too
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Have Your Fat And Eat it Too

One of the first recommendations we are given to control blood pressure is to watch our diet. In particular we are told to reduce if not eliminate the fats and starchy foods. Often times this involves cutting out all the things we love to eat. The rice, bread, ice cream, chocolate, French fries, bacon, butter and the list goes on. No wonder people who are told to watch their diet usually feel trapped and exiled to a life of boredom and tasteless existence. However, if we are wise in our choices this does not have to be the case. There are tons delicious foods out there that contain many of the ingredients we like that do not aggravate blood pressure conditions.

Take for example fat. We love foods that contain fat, especially trans-fat and saturated fat, because they just simply taste good. But OMG, consuming high quantities of saturated fat is practically a death sentence, particularly for persons who suffer from high blood pressure. However, this does not mean that you are barred from eating fat; you simply must watch the type of fat you eat. For suffers of high blood pressure it’s better to stick to foods containing monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats are less likely to be converted into cholesterol that causes problems such as excess pressure in the circulatory system.

These fats are plentiful in plant-based foods such as avocados, nuts and olive oil. They are also found meats such as tuna and other fish. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are healthy fats and they are good for your heart and blood pressure. So the next time you are grocery shopping make sure your list include some if not all of the following:

• Fruits and Nuts: Avocado, almonds, peanut butter, cashew, olives, olive oil

• Meats: Salmon, white tuna, sardines, mackerel

These foods are loaded with good fats and do not wreak havoc on the circulatory system by elevating cholesterol and triglycerides.

Conversely, here are some foods that contain fats you should avoid: French fries, cheese, butter, bacon, red meat, ice cream, potato chips. Fats in these and similar foods (saturated fat and trans fat) spell trouble for the body and can only make a bad situation worse for suffers of high blood pressure.

So you can have your fat and eat it too, but you must be prudent in your choices. Polyunsaturated fats can be consumed without putting the body at risk. As an informed consumer you have the power to make those choices that are best for your health. Do not jeopardize your well being by falling prey to the taste of bad fats. Choose the good fats and stay healthy for life.

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