8 Surprising Foods and Supplements That Can Raise Your Blood Pressure

For better BP, eat your fruits and veggies — and watch out for these culprits
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burger and fries
red wine
sugar
coffee
bologna sandwich
frozen pizza
black licorice
tree trunk
soy products
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Alcohol

People with high blood pressure should avoid alcohol or drink it in moderation, according to the Mayo Clinic. In small amounts, alcohol may actually help to lower your blood pressure, the group notes. But if you drink too much — usually more than one drink a day for women and more than two a day for men — it can raise your blood pressure by several points. It can also reduce the effectiveness of blood pressure medications and contribute to weight gain — another risk factor for high blood pressure.