High Blood Pressure? 10 Food Swaps to Bring it Down (Slideshow)


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High blood pressure, or hypertension, caused by stress, aging, a poor diet, not enough exercise, obesity, smoking or just plain genetics, can have lasting -- and negative -- effects on everything from your heart to your brain.

But for the 65 million Americans that have it, a few diet changes -- like trading salt for fresh herbs and spices and ham for chicken -- can go a long way toward keeping blood pressure under control.

Here are 10 food swaps -- also good for those who want to maintain low blood pressure -- to cut your salt intake without sacrificing flavor.

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