Worst Foods for Heart Health

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Worst Foods for Heart Health

While it is recommended to eat everything in moderation, there are some foods that would be best left on the shelf at the store. While they may taste delicious, consuming them puts your health at risk. These foods have the potential to trigger serious heart problems and eating them regularly could harm you. 

If your goal is to keep your heart healthy, there are several foods that could pose a serious risk and even cause or further exacerbate existing heart disease and thus, should be avoided.  Foods that clogs your arteries can be the worst food offenders and can have unfavorable effects on your heart health. Below are the 7 worst foods for heart health.

Soda

Although soda is a drink, many people consume this beverage as much if not more than water. Scientists claim that consumption of soda is one of the main reasons obesity has become such a common problem. Research shows that people who drink soda on a regular basis suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, or kidney stones. About 10 percent of soda flavors contain brominated vegetable oil, an ingredient banned in over 100 countries.

Margarine

Margarine is one of the most dangerous foods for your heart health. Not only does it contains an outrageous amount of trans fats that induce heart failure but it also causes weight gain and cardiovascular problems. This food is made from oil that is industrially manipulated into a buttery-tasting spread. Even though they are referred to as “heart healthy oils,” margarine increases bad cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol, and damages blood vessels due to the high content of saturated fat. This food is worse for your heart health than butter. Medical professionals recommend using olive oil or canola oil instead of margarine.

Baked Goods

Restaurants bake and prepare foods that do hearts no good. Processed baked goods include mini muffins, dessert cakes, and doughnuts. This type of food is packed with calories and sugar. Moreover, these foods are also packed with sweeteners, honey, molasses, corn syrup and preservatives that make their shelf lives longer. Such foods can lead to clogging of arteries, heart failure, and hypertension. That’s a high price to pay for a Honey Bun.

Processed Meat

Refined meats such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and also deli meats are high in fat, sodium, and may have dangerous preservatives. Many times they also incorporate combined nitrates and nitrites, that are both linked to causing heart problems. Processed meats also have added saturated fat and have less protein than any fresh, naturally grown meats.

Processed Carbohydrates

These foods usually have added sugar and also additives, both which poses a high risk to our hearts. Ketchup and salad dressing, pasta sauces, bread, and some low-fat yogurt, are common foods that contain refined carbs and sugar.

Fried Foods

Many restaurants tend to reuse their frying oils many times over, causing the fat to become more and more saturated. How you fry food makes a huge difference. Shortening is one of the worst, and some restaurants still fry with it. Fried foods are high in cholesterols and can lead to clogged arteries.

Fried foods, in general, are never recommended for those who are trying to be heart healthy. Instead, use healthier preparing methods such as grilling with heart-healthy oils, i.e. olive oil or coconut oil.

Eggs Benedict

This rich, fatty breakfast favorite is not only indulgent, it’s downright dangerous. The combination of eggs mixed with butter, English muffins, fat-added Hollandaise sauce, and Canadian bacon packs nearly 700 calories and also about thirty-five grams of fat, which is not heart-healthy at all.

When it comes to choosing heart-healthy foods, remember that the more natural the better. While we realize it may be a challenge to choose heart-healthy options, keep in mind you only get one heart. Take care of your heart and your heart will take care of you.

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