2. Cut down on fructose
Researchers are finding more links between what you eat and how your blood pressure behaves. A recent University of Colorado study showed that adults with no prior history of high blood pressure, but who consumed more than 74 grams of fructose a day (about the amount in two-and-a-half cans of pop) were more likely to develop hypertension.
Fructose is used to sweeten a wide range of processed foods, baked goods and candy. So pay attention to your food labels; avoiding or limiting foods that contain fructose may help guard against high blood pressure.