There are more, but this are the worst 3 foods that you should avoid to keep your heart healthy.
One of the major causes for strokes and heart attacks is elevated blood pressure, which is often instigated by an taking too much salt. Primarily, salt has a highly toxic effect on the endothelial cells. The endothelial cells line the arteries and are responsible to keep the blood flow in the normal levels. The normal intake of sodium is less than 2300 milligrams daily. However, over 88% of the population today ingest more than this amount. This is even worse with people that belong in the high risk groups, like people that are over 50 years of age, that have diabetes, kidney disease or high blood pressure, because over 99% of them consume more than the normal amount for them, which is 1500 milligrams per day. If you want to lower the amount of salt in your diet, you need to follow several guidelines: restrict your consumption of fast food, as well as processed foods, like dairy products and meats, and salty snacks. Additionally, you have to avoid bottled salad dressings, like ranch. These types of foods contain the highest level of sodium and should be avoided to keep your heart healthy and minimize the risk of heart attacks.
Sugars are viable to do serious damage to the arteries, in various ways. An excessive amount of sugar in your blood can: elevate blood pressure, increase the concentration of triglycerides and bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood. Sugar can also cause major inflammation to the arteries themselves. This is why you need to control your daily intake of sugar. For men, the daily limit is no more than 150 calories daily, while for women, the upper limit of sugar consumption is less than 100 calories per day. Or in other words, men should eat more than 9 teaspoons during the day, while women need to stop at six teaspoons. And to think that the average person eats more than 20 teaspoons daily!
3. Trans fats
Trans fats are a man made fat, thus extremely toxic to the arteries in your body. Trans fats will clog your arteries more than any other food, cause inflammation, while increasing the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. The best way to avoid them is to evict stick margarine from your diet, as well as processed food products that state that they have “hydrogenated oil” among their ingredients and components and keep your heart healthy.