Is Salted Peanuts Good for High Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Salted peanuts are bad for high blood pressure. Because they have sodium and it can increase blood pressure.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition that affects your blood vessels and heart.

In hypertension, your body experiences an increase in the force of blood against the walls of your arteries.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney issues.

One of the key factors in managing hypertension is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood pressure levels, which can impact your hypertension symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hypertension, you should consume potassium, magnesium, and fiber rich foods like bananas, spinach, and oats and avoid sodium rich foods like processed meats, canned soups, and fast foods.

Now, salted peanuts are peanuts that have been coated with salt.

People usually eat them as a snack.

Salted peanuts are bad for hypertension because they contain sodium.

Excessive intake of sodium is directly linked to high blood pressure.

Sodium pulls water into the bloodstream, increasing the volume of blood and pressure.

A serving of salted peanuts can give you approximately 216mg of sodium, which is about 14% of the recommended daily intake of 1,500mg.

Sodium can negatively affect hypertension.

It causes the body to retain excess fluid, which increases blood volume and pressure.

Furthermore, salted peanuts are a snack, and snacks high in sodium are bad for hypertension.

Because, consuming too much sodium can lead to an increase in blood pressure.

That’s why I suggest you limit your salted peanut intake to avoid potential complications.

Stick to unsalted peanuts to minimize the risk of exacerbating hypertension.

Also, you shouldn’t eat salted peanuts if you have/suffering from hypertension to prevent further increase in blood pressure.

Because the sodium content can worsen the condition.

You can buy fresh unsalted peanuts in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose dry-roasted or raw peanuts.

Because these options are lower in sodium and healthier for blood pressure management.

You can store them in a cool, dry place for several months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with hypertension effectively.

I always recommend my hypertension patients to follow a hypertension-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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