For many people, it seems that the worse a food is, the more they want to eat it. But eat too much junk and it will soon catch up with you. Below is a quick list of some of the worst foods you can eat and some tips on how to minimize the damage. Fixing up an un-healthy diet is one way how to prevent heart attacks and begin a healthier nutrition plan.
Cheese and Pizza are the No. 1 and No. 2 sources of artery-clogging saturated fat in the American diet.
Make It Healthy: Go Meatless and order a salad instead of bread sticks.
Alfredo sauce usually contains only three ingredients (cream, butter, and cheese). A regular serving can contain over 40 grams of saturated fat.
Make It Healthy: Use whole wheat noodles, use less sauce, add veggies and chicken to your plate.
A foot-long sandwich can contain upwards of five servings of white bread, plus a 4oz+ of lunch meats (high in sodium). Studies have shown that eating a single serving of processed meat daily is associated with a 42% higher risk of heart disease.
Make It Healthy: Use whole-grain bread and oven-roasted turkey or chicken
All Fast Food
All Fast food contains extremely high levels of saturated fat and sodium. Trans fat doesn’t break down in the body and can quickly clog your arteries.
Make It Healthier: Go for a grilled chicken sandwich. Ditch the fries and order fruit if they have any.
Soda and diet soda are linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Consuming large quantities of soda can cause a spike in blood sugar and lead to inflammation, insulin resistance, and hardening of the arteries.
Make It Healthier: Get your caffeine fix with coffee or tea.