One in every four deaths in the United States is due to heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in both men and women. Coronary heart disease, the most common type, kills an estimated 400,000 people every year, and costs the US over $100 billion a year. The odds of you having, had, or knowing someone who’s had a heart attack are very good, considering that over 700,000 people have a heart attack in the United States every single year. Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease, and is on track to quickly overtake cigarette smoking as the number one cause of avoidable death in this country.
Those are some scary statistics, but the good news is that you don’t have to be one of the hundreds of thousands of people who will suffer a heart attack this year. There are a lot of things that you can do to reduce your risk of developing heart disease. One of the biggest steps toward good health that you can take is to modify your diet so that it becomes more heart healthy. The better care that you take of yourself, the lower your risk of heart disease becomes. Here’s a list of foods that we can avoid to help keep our hearts pumping like they should.
Heart Breaking Foods:
- Processed meats. Deli meats, sausage and bacon are made with a lot of sodium and preservatives, and are generally higher in saturated fat. Additionally, they are lower in protein than most red meat that you cook yourself.
- Red meat. If the carnivore inside of you won’t let you skip red meat entirely, then be sure to choose only the leanest cuts of beef. If your local grocery store offers the option, you can have them grind lean pieces of meat that you choose for the occasional hamburger.
- Pizza. A slice of pizza can easily contain over 50 percent of your recommended daily allowance of saturated fat. The meats used to top of pizza are usually highly processed and can contain additional sodium that you don’t need. Consider light cheese and veggies on your pizza as an alternative.
- Fried foods. These foods are also loaded with saturated fat, and even though a lot of restaurants have switched to oil without trans fats, some places still use solid oils to fry their foods. Use a heart healthy olive oil to fry your foods if you just can’t get over that craving for something greasy.
Taking control of your diet is just one step that you can make on the path to taking control of your heart health. Talk to your doctor, chiropractor or other health care professional to find out if you’re at risk for developing heart disease, and what else you can do to help keep this killer at bay.
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