Eating Down That Blood Pressure
Keep the fat and salt intake down, she says, and this means laying off the olives, salted nuts and pickles. These are obvious food problems -- but less obvious are corn flakes. "Did you know," she asks, "that corn flakes have a higher percentage salt concentration than the Atlantic Ocean?"
Clarke says that as the salt goes down, the body's potassium intake should go up, to help counteract the dietary change. Recommended potassium-rich foods include some goodies, such as bananas, apricots, avocados, broad beans, peas, potatoes and tomatoes.
Milk and natural yogurt are also on the ok list, but cheese, butter and cream are high in saturated fats, "so don't go overboard on them." And remember that some fatty acids, such as Omega 3, contain beneficial oils that help prevent deposits of cholesterol.