If you care about your heart, never eat these...
It’s simply a fact that you can’t live without your heart. While nearly everyone knows this seemingly obvious truth, people take their heart health for granted and don’t realize that may of the foods they regularly eat can be severely damaging to their heart over time, leading to heart attacks or even death. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Learn what foods you shouldn’t eat so you don’t become a sad statistic.
While there is still debate as to whether high-quality beef might actually be healthy for the heart, scientists agree that lower-quality meat and unhealthy cooking techniques used by fast food restaurants are bad for you. Dr. Regina Druz of Hofstra University and New York’s St. John Episcopal Hospital says that you should definitely try to kick your burger cravings to the curb. Everyone loves a good burger, but the truth is you really want to avoid these if you have heart issues.
You can still make a healthy burger, but the fast-food versions are definitely the type you don’t want to be eating when you’re having heart problems. When it comes to red meats, they’re packed with cholesterol and saturated fats. These are two things that can clog you up in the worst way possible. Eating some every day is fine, but if over 10% of your daily intake is red meats, you might want to slow down a bit.
Deep-frying food is an easy way to make just about anything taste crunchy and delicious. However, deep-frying foods also creates a lot of trans-fats. Trans-fats are known for raising the bad (LDL) types of cholesterol in the body, while at the same time lowering the good kinds. I mean, there’s a reason why fried chicken is considered a comfort food. The uncomfortable truth, though, is that eating a lot of fried food can lead to heart disease. The frying process creates a ton of things you’d never want to consume if you knew what you were doing, but we’ll admit it makes for a pretty tasty meal.
Deep-fried foods also are pretty often accompanied by a ton of salt, which also can increase your risk of heart disease.
No wonder Popeye ate spinach instead of fried chicken!
Nutritionists and scientists have debated for years whether fats and cholesterol or sugars contributed more to heart disease. However, recent studies have pointed the blame more towards sugar (much to the chagrin of the industry). High sugar diets, especially those including lots of candy, contribute directly to obesity, inflammation, high cholesterol and diabetes, all of which can lead to heart disease.
One doctor said: “If there is one ingredient I would say anyone with heart disease or risk for heart disease must avoid, it’s added sugar in any form.”
Natural sugars are for the most part fine because of the fact that they come in the form of fruits and vegetables. When you’re eating natural sugars like this, they usually have the necessary fibers to offset them. Candies do not. If you’re ever looking for a challenge, try giving up added sugars for a few months! You’d be surprised at just how many of your daily foods are packed with sugar.