Categories: Cardiology

10 Foods To Avoid For A Healthy Heart

10 Foods To Avoid For A Healthy Heart

The right time is now to think about your heart health. Wondering why? World Heart Day, which falls on 29th September, is here. You might’ve already received plenty of information regarding what to eat, how much exercise your body needs and how to cope with stress, etc. Of course, these are all important. But what is equally important is to know what not to eat. Yes, foods that are particularly bad for your heart. Here’s a list of 10 foods that your heart will not like you to eat.

Potato and corn chips

Do you have the habit of snacking relentlessly on potato/corn chips? If so, it’s high time you kicked the habit. Here’s why: potato and corn chips are abundant in trans-fat, sodium and carbs. All these are bad for your heart, particularly if taken in large quantities. For instance, studies suggest that consuming more than 2000 mg of sodium a day accounts for about 1 in 10 cardiovascular deaths.

Energy drinks

Do you gulp it down in an effort to ward off sleep while burning the midnight oil over a critical presentation? Well, it’s not a good habit. Energy drinks contain guarana and taurine, which are natural energy boosters. When this is combined with caffeine – a substance that is a key ingredient in energy drinks – it causes racing heartbeats.

Carbonated drinks

Love to grab those fizzy drinks? They are quite unhealthy. It can shoot up your blood sugar levels almost instantly. In addition to that, it puts a lot of stress on the walls of the arteries and thus increases the risk of heart diseases. Drinking soda every day can have an adverse effect on your heart health.

Blended coffee

High in sugar, high in caffeine, high-fat content… it’s not a great idea to have blended coffee regularly if you’re concerned about your heart health. It can increase both your blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels, thanks to the high amount of sugar and caffeine in them.

Deep-fried chicken

Yes, you love to sink your teeth into a succulent piece of deep-fried chicken. But the question is how often! If it’s too often, you’re in for trouble. So what makes the delicacy an enemy of your heart? The high amount of trans fat in them.

Pizza 

The pizza outlets are to be seen just about everywhere, particularly if you’re living in a metro. Well, what’s really wrong with the Italian dish? Fats, sodium and carbs. Each slice of pizza contains them in huge quantities. The sauce in which pizza is prepared also has high sodium content. Better avoid it, for the sake of your heart.

Chinese food

Chinese food contains high amount of calories, fat, sodium and carbs. They are known to spike the blood sugar and blood pressure levels in your body.

Instant noodles

When it comes to instant noodles, the biggest attraction is ‘convenience’. It can be cooked and served in a jiffy. But you’re not doing your heart any favour if you like to binge on noodles. The reasons to avoid noodles are: 1) It’s deep-fried 2) It contains a high amount of sodium.

Red meat

Red meat is an abundant source of protein, but that is no reason to eat it every day. It contains a lot of saturated fats, cholesterol and salt. All these are bad for your heart. Limit the intake of red meat to once in a month or once in two months.

Sweets

It’s a typically Indian habit to have sweets after meals. This habit can result in an increase of insulin. This, in turn, will deposit excess calories in your belly, putting you at risk of heart diseases.

Your heart health is important. Eat foods that are good for your heart, foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains. Saying goodbye to junk food and foods that are high in fat, sodium and carbs will help you keep your heart healthy.

Dr. Mahesh Honnalli | Consultant – Cardiology – Adult | Dharwad – SDM Narayana Heart Centre

Narayana Health

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