Foods that are bad for your heart

Foods that are bad for your heart
Foods that are bad for your heart

Sugar, salt, fat

Over time, high intakes of salt, sugar, saturated fat, and refined carbohydrates increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. If you are concerned about your heart, you may want to keep them out of regular circulation.

 

But instead of fixing a single bad food, it's wise to focus on your overall diet. You can get these if you eat mostly heart-healthy fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy.

 

Bacon

More than half of bacon's calories come from saturated fat, which can raise your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, and increase your chances of a heart attack or stroke. It's full of salt, which raises your blood pressure and makes your heart work harder. Too much sodium (a major component of salt) can lead to stroke, heart disease, and heart failure. Bacon's added preservatives have also been linked to these problems.

 

Red meat

Eating too much beef and lamb can increase your chances of heart disease and diabetes. This may be because they are high in saturated fat, which can raise cholesterol. More recent studies indicate how gut bacteria process a component of meat called L-carnitine. Limit your portion. Also look for leaner cuts such as round, sirloin, and extra lean ground beef.

 

Soda

A small amount of added sugar isn't harmful, but one can of soda contains more sugar than experts recommend for an entire day. Soda drinkers are more likely to be overweight and obese and have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. And while the science is still fuzzy on diet drinks, some research links them to weight gain and stroke. Your best bet is plain, carbonated, or unsweetened water.

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