High blood pressure: Avoid this popular frozen meal if you want to lower your reading


High blood pressure is where the pressure inside the arteries is higher than it should be, but a problem for many people when it comes to recognising whether they have the condition is it rarely shows noticeable symptoms. The best way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have your reading regularly checked, either by your GP or local pharmacist or using a blood pressure monitor at home. High blood pressure can be prevented or reduced by a number of lifestyle changes, including eating a healthy diet. Experts recommend cutting down on the amount of salt in food, and one food that tends to be high in salt and should be avoided is frozen pizza.

Frozen pizza can be dangerous for people with high blood pressure because the combination of cheese, cured meats and tomato sauce adds up to a lot of salt.

Particularly in the case of frozen pizzas, many manufacturers add a lot of salt to pizzas once they’ve been cooked to maintain their flavour.
One serving of a frozen cheese or meat and cheese pizza can contain more than 700mg of salt.

The more toppings you have on your frozen pizza, the likelihood of their being higher salt content.

Salt works on the kidneys to make the body hold on to more water, and the extra water stored raises blood pressure and puts strain on the arteries, as well as the kidneys, heart and brain.

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