Can you eat pork with high blood pressure?

Are you one of those people who gobble up anything in sight, never considering the potential consequences? And when we say anything, we mean anything, from pure vegan dishes to blood-curdling pork chops. But hold on a second, what about your blood pressure? Do you know that eating certain foods can cause it to skyrocket like Elon Musk’s rocket launch? In this article, we’ll be examining whether or not it’s safe for individuals with high blood pressure (HBP) to indulge themselves with some tasty pork meat!

What is High Blood Pressure?

Before diving into whether or not you should eat pork if you have high blood pressure, let’s first discuss what HBP is. Simply put, HBP or hypertension means your heart pumps harder than other folks’ hearts and raises your risk of issues such as heart disease and stroke.

There are two types of hypertension: primary/essential (no underlying reasons) and secondary (caused by medication). Primary hypertension is more common than secondary hypertension.

Some symptoms of hypertension include headaches(always a joy), nose bleeds(awesome), dizziness(you’ll tumble down stairs without even drinking wine!), chest pain(get an extra life insurance policy?) , visual changes(doctor recommended blindness).

To measure HBP doctors use sphygmomanometers because apparently pronouncing that word makes any medical professional feel smart.

Here’s how the numbers work:

Category Systolic Diastolic
Normal less than 120 less than 80
Elevated 120-129 less than 80
Stage 1 130-139 80-89
Stage 2 140 or higher 90 or higher
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What Foods Should You Eat With High Blood Pressure?

Foods that help lower high blood pressure:
– Bananas
– Berries
– Leafy green vegetables(Don’t eat a whole tree now )
– Yogurt (No, not the froyo with seven different toppings)

Limiting Your Intake of Sugary and Salty Foods & Beverages

Sorry to be party poopers, but it isn’t all rosy-cheeked cheeks up in here. Some food will send your hypertension thermometer into overdrive mode like top-secret CIA stuff. Below is a list of foods you need to limit or avoid completely:

Salt(because who needs taste buds?)

Salt causes water retention which then spikes blood pressure levels.

Processed Meats(ladies and gentlemen, your favorite pork meat):

There’s research showing folks who consume processed meats regularly have an increased risk of heart diseases(caused by hypertension), type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer(it just gets better!).

Processing increases salt content in meats leading to water retention levels going beyond 9000. You should watch out for any form of cured/regenerated meat such as canned meet(frankfurters anyone?), bacon(we know we want some though), lunchable snacks(I’m sorry if I offended anyone).

Does Pork Raise Your Blood Pressure Levels?:

Now we are getting closer to answering the question at hand; does eating pork cause high blood pressure? Pig farming experts say yes but before explaining their reasons(spoiler alert:it has to do with acquiring more buyers), let’s first see what researchers think.

According to research carried out by Harvard linked Long-Term Bolus Consumption Research Studies(BCGS for short), consumption(Vegans turn back now!)of fresh pork had no relation to an increase in blood pressure levels.

On the other end of the spectrum, processed pork(lunchables and bacons) consumption having relations with high blood pressure like Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen.

Conclusion:

While it’s okay for folks with hypertension to chow on some fresh pork as if their life depended on it(it probably does); please stay away from that lunchable/sausage roll/fried bacon. Your health needs you(and so do we).

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