Worst Foods for the Heart
Recently published data from the American Heart Association (AHA) shows that the leading cause of death among Americans is heart disease and there are four worst foods that are hazardous to the heart. These are trans fat, saturated fat, salt and added sugars.
Trans fat raises the level of LDL or bad cholesterol and lowers the HDL or good cholesterol. High source of trans fat can be found in crackers, bakery goods, packaged snacks, selected margarines and other foods that contain hydrogenated oil or partially hydrogenated oil. Trans fat may also be naturally found in meat and dairy products but in small amounts only. AHA recommends limiting intake of trans fat to less than 1% of total daily calories.
Saturated fat similarly raises the level of LDL cholesterol that can lead to build up of plaque in the arteries. Foods that are high in saturated fat are butter, mayonnaise, sour cream and fats from meat. As such, intake should be limited to only 5% or less of total daily calories.
Salt or sodium can increase the risk of developing hypertension. The daily recommended consumption of salt is 1 teaspoon. However, Americans consume a daily average of around 1 ½ teaspoon. Cutting on salt intake can help reduce high blood pressure and lower the risk of developing one.
Added sugars are any type or form of sugar that are added to food by manufacturers or consumers. According to Rachel Johnson of AHA, high intake of added sugars increases the risk of high blood pressure and high level of triglyceride, which are risk factors for heart disease. The AHA recommends the limiting of added sugars to about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 teaspoons per day for men.
Wright, B. The worst things to eat for your heart. MSN.