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Eating out Raises Risk for High Blood Pressure

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease-associated death.

In hypertension, the greater the force of blood pushing up against the walls of the blood vessels, the harder the heart has to pump, which can lead to heart failure and heart attack. People with hypertension are also at increased risk for kidney failure, aneurysm and stroke.

About 70 million adults and 2 million children in the US are affected by hypertension.

Previous studies have found that eating meals away from home is associated with a higher intake of calories, saturated fat and salt – eating behaviors believed to be linked with high blood pressure.