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Dietary guidelines for the management of high blood pressure.

  • Use salt sparingly/no more than 5 g of salt should be consumed per day.
  • Check for salt, sodium, sodium chloride and monosodium glutamate on the list of ingredients of processed food.
  • Flavour food with herbs and spices instead of salt.
  • Avoid salty processed foods, such as smoked meat/bacon/macon/ biltong/potato chips/salted nuts/salted popcorn.
  • Eat low fat/less saturated fat foods to lose weight/maintain healthy weight.
  • Use low fat/skimmed dairy products.
  • Calcium/milk/milk products, potassium/bananas/potatoes and magnesium/green leafy vegetables may help to lower high blood pressure.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Cut down on coffee/tea.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Eat high fibre/wholegrain cereals rather than refined cereal products.
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