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Foods that raise blood pressure: here are the unsuspected ones – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

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Sedentary lifestyle, stress, smoking, alcohol, but also a shopping cart with too many foods that raise blood pressure and therefore very careless about the health of our body. These are the main causes of high pressureor the increase in blood pressure, a problem which according to the National Congress of the Italian Society of Arterial Hypertension involves approximately 17 million people throughout Italy. Here are the foods that raise blood pressure, the consumption of which should not be exaggerated for the good of our heart and our arteries.

Label and sodium

Certainly among the foods that raise blood pressure there are those that contain excessive quantities of sodium. In products such as cured meats, sausages, raw ham and hamburgers, this element is used both as preservative and to prevent contamination. A similar argument applies to the frozen chicken and for those industrially derived foods, such as nuggets breaded, which can contain approximately 600 mg of sodium per 100 grams. Before buying them at the refrigerated counter, therefore, it is important to read the label carefully, to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Watch out for the soup

According to research from a few years ago byAmerican Heart Associationeven the unsuspected ones soups based on vegetables can contribute to worryingly raising blood pressure levels. But in this case a clarification is necessary: ​​the reference from the AHA, a US non-profit organization that works to reduce deaths caused by heart problems and strokes, founded in 1915 and based in Dallas, is aimed in particular at soups already ready sold in the supermarket, often rich in sodium. You need to be decidedly more relaxed about those prepared at home. The advice, also in this case, is to check the nutritional values ​​of the package or jar before purchasing.

Soy is better

To be consumed in moderation for the sake of our balance, furthermore, there are also the coffeealthough a very recent Italian study claims that coffee does not raise blood pressure, sugar, chocolate, honey and licorice: all foods that raise blood pressure if ingested in large quantities. To improve circulation, remembering to constantly keep blood pressure levels under control, the American Heart Association finally recommends replacing some carbohydrates refined with foods rich in soy or milk proteins.

Recipe Recipe: prawns in spiced salt – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Recipe Recipe: prawns in spiced salt


Stir-fried, boiled, grilled? The correct recipe for prawns tasty, juicy and which retain all the taste of the sea, we have it. It’s this one, the one with prawns in spiced salt. A preparation as simple as it is delicious, always good, perfect when the prawns are in season and at their best.

What is the prawn season?

Prawns are rather common crustaceans that are usually fished with trawl nets all year round in our seas. The best period to enjoy them, however, is from October to April, when prawn fishing tends to be concentrated.

How to understand if the prawns are fresh?

The perfect success of the recipe for prawns in spiced salt, needless to say, depends on the quality of the prawns. But how to understand if the prawns are fresh? First of all, you need to check the smell with your sense of smell: all fish, in general, must smell of the sea, and never have an unpleasant odor. The meat must then be compact, not soft, the head must be well attached to the body as well as the antennas. The eyes of the prawns must then be shiny, as well as the shell.

The Amadeus diet? Without salt and without meat but… – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

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The Sanremo period opens with the announcement of the competitors. The host Amadeus is already on the front line in perfect shape. How does? Nutrition merit: the Amadeus dietin fact, it is particular and very rigid. It is necessary for him to face all the television challenges he is having in recent years and are already planned for the next ones: “Ama” has in fact been reconfirmed host of the Song Festival until 2024.

Tall and slender, 60 years old – he turned 4 September – the TV presenter from Ravenna has never shown signs of slowing down. Riding high since the 1980s – when he started with Radio Deejay -, Amedeo Umberto Rota Sebastiani – this is his name – never seems to age. “I’m not a foodiethis helps me a lot,” he said.

At 7 years old a bad misadventure

Amadeus has a very healthy diet which unfortunately is the direct consequence of a childhood trauma. In fact, the well-known presenter revealed that he was hospitalized for 2 months in hospital when he was 7 years old due to nephritis. A shock that marked him for life and which inevitably affected his habits, including eating habits. That’s why Amadeus he never adds salt to his dishes. But not only.

The Amadeus diet

Cooking without salt is therefore a healthy habit of the artistic director of the Sanremo Festival who, however, for over 15 years, has also gave up on meat red, to bread and in general to overly processed foods. Furthermore, he is not a good eater: “I eat little, without mixing foods too much”, he revealed

The dish that Amadeus cannot give up

If there’s one thing that Amadeus just can’t give up, it’s pasta. He eats it every day, albeit lightly seasoned or even unaccompanied. “All I need is a plate of pasta and I’m good to go,” she explained in the past. Your favorite condiment? A little bit of tomato sauce light. Pasta with tomato sauce is one of his favorite dishes along with chicken with curry accompanied by rice.

What do you eat during the Festival?

And during the Festival? There is little time, and you always have to be agile and quick because, contrary to what many people think, between rehearsals and live broadcasts, preparation and organisation, there is really a lot of work to do. “Artists and hosts need stay light: I understand, they can’t arrive weighed down when it’s time to go on stage. Amadeus often asked me for one spaghetti with light pestoto eat together with his wife Giovanna Civitillo, and I satisfied him”, revealed during the last edition of the event Pino Bucci, chef of the Globo hotel in Sanremo, where hosts and guests often stay during the days of the Festival.

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