Foods That Can Contribute to Heart DiseaseTedFoodHealth0 Comments 1 Heart disease is a leading killer in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, it causes 33% of deaths. The good news is that heart disease is almost avoidable if you take care of yourself, exercise, and watch what you eat. We’ve put together a list of foods that may contribute to heart disease. So, if you find yourself enjoying these foods a little too often, consider cutting back. It may just save your life. Candy Americans love eating candy. We find it in grocery stores, at the movies, and abundant during the holidays. However, candy is filled with sugar that we don’t need. Potato Chips It’s hard to have just one potato chip. They taste delicious, but they are so bad for you. They are high in fat, sodium, and calories. When you eat too much salt, it can increase blood pressure, which leads to heart disease. Pancake Syrup Pancake syrup, like Aunt Jemima’s, can lead to heart disease. Since it is not pure maple syrup, it is filled with fructose and other chemicals that may harm your heart. Canned Soup Canned soup is a quick and easy lunch. You probably consider them to be pretty healthy too. In fact, they are full of sodium. One can of soup can have almost half of your supposed sodium intake for the day. Coffee Creamer Most people don’t like to drink their coffee black, so they add some flavored creamer. If your creamer has mono- and diglycerides in the ingredients, then it may cause heart disease later on. Cake You should only have cake on special occasions, like once a year for your birthday. It is full of sugar and fats that can block your arteries. Soda A refreshing Coca Cola is nice on a hot day, but too much soda can lead to heart disease. “Regular soda promotes an insulin spike, which leads to weight gain and can cause weight gain and can cause a host of metabolic disorders. Beyond the sugars, soda has phosphoric acid, which can promote osteoporosis and may be a cancer-causing agent. And the sugar can lead to inflammation, which causes cardiovascular disease,” Adam Splaver, MD, said. Diet Soda Contrary to popular belief, diet soda is actually worse for you than regular soda because it contains more chemicals and artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners can mess with your insulin and metabolism. Pie Yet another delightful dessert can ultimately be harmful to your health. Pies contain plenty of sugar, even the fruit ones, and the crusts have tons of fat. Limit your pie consumption during the holidays to one small piece. White Bread White bread was a staple food in the 1950’s when nobody really knew about nutrition. However, today white bread is almost always switched out for whole grain or wheat bread. It can cause weight gain and heart disease. Biscuits Those easy bake biscuits you find in the cans are definitely not good for you. In fact, most processed foods contain chemicals that may be harmful. Biscuits, especially with gravy, can lead to heart disease. Ice Cream There is nothing like an ice cream cone on a hot summer day. However, you should limit how much ice cream you eat because it contains a lot of fat and sugar which can “lead to a surge in insulin and triglycerides, raise systolic blood pressure and heart rate, and cause blood platelets to become sticky and to clump,” according to Dr. Gulati. Margarine When margarine first came out, people were under the impression that it was healthier than butter. In fact, it is unhealthier and contains many chemicals and trans fats that may lead to heart disease. Sugary Cereal Those colorful cereals, especially the ones marketed towards children, are full of sugar. They don’t have any nutritional value and are processed. White Rice Considering switching your white rice out for brown rice. While the calories are pretty much the same, the brown rice contains fiber and nutrients that are stripped away from white rice. Ketchup Ketchup is one of those condiments that goes with almost everything at a BBQ. If you take a closer look, ketchup contains a ton of sugar and sodium per serving. Keep in mind that one serving is one tablespoon, which is probably much less than what you usually pour on your French fries. Croissants These flaky breakfast treats are actually full of fat, sugar, and corn syrup. Next time you think about getting a breakfast sandwich, swap out the croissant for something else. Flavored Yogurts Yogurt is great for your health and digestive tract. However, flavored yogurt that is full of sugar and artificial sweetener can upset your stomach and spike your insulin. Teriyaki Sauce Be careful of how much teriyaki sauce you put on your chicken breast. While you may think it’s just a condiment to make your chicken taste better, it actually contains a lot of sugar; more sugar than ketchup. Milkshakes Just like ice cream, milkshakes can also lead to heart disease. They are full of sugar and fats that are in no way good for you. Some milkshakes may contain four days worth of the recommended sugar intake. Deli Meat Deli meats can contain a high amount of fat and sodium, especially cured meats. Bacon Everyone loves bacon, which is why it’s such a shame that it’s so bad for us. Bacon has a high amount of saturated fat and harmful nitrites and nitrates. If you are craving bacon, try switching to turkey bacon for a healthier option. Soy Sauce Soy sauce goes great with those sushi rolls you have for lunch, but a tablespoon can contain over 1,000 milligrams of sodium. Next time you go our for sushi, skip the soy sauce and try pickled ginger on top of your sushi instead. Bouillon Cubes Bouillon cubes are the compact and easy alternative to buying chicken or beef broth. However, they are full of sodium and sometimes MSG. Sausage Any processed meats such as sausage, deli meats, and hotdogs may lead to heart disease. They are full of fat and chemicals when they are processed. Try eating leaner meats such as turkey and chicken next time you go to the grill. Cheese Unfortunately, cheese can increase your risk for heart disease. In fact, cheese is a huge contributor to the amount of fat that we have in our meals in America. So, next time you go out, ask for your salad or sandwich without cheese to truly lower your risk for heart disease. Bottle Juices Many bottled juices claim that they are 100% juice, but they can contain hundreds of grams of sugar in just one bottle. This sugar intake will elevate your blood lipids, which may lead to heart disease. Pizza Your favorite late-night weekend snack may just be what kills you. Pizza is not only topped with cheese, which we spoke about earlier, but also tons of fat and processed meats like pepperoni and sausage. French Fries The most common side dish at fast food places may lead to heart disease. Just potatoes themselves can cause your blood sugar to rise. When you fry them in oil and add salt, they are a heart attack waiting to happen. Gravy When you actually think about what gravy is made from, you’ll see why it can contribute to heart disease. It’s full of salt and fat and offers no nutritional value at all. So, next Thanksgiving dinner, skip the gravy and go for the cranberry sauce instead. Cinnamon Buns Cinnamon buns are a breakfast favorite in the United States. However, they are also full of sugar and fat, especially if they are not homemade. A classic roll from Cinnabon contains 880 calories! That’s almost half of the recommended daily calorie intake. Steak There is nothing like a well-made steak. However, steak contains plenty of fat and salt. Fattier cuts of meat include T-bone, ribeye, and porterhouse. If you are really craving meat, go with a leaner cut such as flank steak, sirloin, or filet mignon. Brownies It’s starting to look like all of our favorite desserts are on this list. Brownies are chockfull of sugar and fat. If you’re craving a brownie, try a healthier recipe that uses oatmeal instead of flour and stevia instead of granulates sugar. Jarred Marinara Sauce Those easy to make pasta sauces you buy in the jar are full of sugar and salt. The best way to make that Italian Sunday dinner is to make the sauce from scratch, without all of those preservatives and extra ingredients. Hotdogs We mentioned how processed meats can lead to heart disease, but the hotdog needed a special shout out. They are high in saturated fat and nitrites. Also, consider what is actually in a hotdog, you’ll probably never want to eat one again after that. Vegetable Shortening Shortening, such as Crisco, is full of saturated fat. Try swapping this out for flax oil. Muffins Yet another breakfast treat makes the list. Muffins are full of saturated fat and sugar, even the ones that contain fruit. Frozen Meals Those easy-to-make frozen meals contain ungodly amounts of sodium. While they are easy to just pop in the microwave, spend the extra ten minutes and make yourself a real meal. Cheeseburgers Red meat plus cheese is just asking for heart disease. Rather than eating a cheeseburger, try a turkey or veggie burger. It has much less fat that could harm your heart. Chinese Takeout That Chinese takeout you ordered the other night may shock you at how much sodium, salt, and fat it contained. All three of these can lead to a clot or an increase of blood pressure. Butter A little bit of butter on your toast each morning won’t elevate your risk for heart disease. However, if you melt butter on your popcorn or smother it over your pancakes, it can increase your risk. Butter is full of saturated fat, which can lead to high cholesterol. Sour Cream Sour cream is rich in saturated fats, so be careful with how much sour cream your consume, especially when it is made into a dip. For a healthier option, try mixing together one part sour cream and three parts plain Greek yogurt. Salad Dressing Those creamy bottled salad dressings can contain a high amount of sugar and salt. Rather than using ranch or honey mustard, go with olive oil and red wine vinegar. Soup at Restaurants Soup is considered to be healthy by a lot of people. However, soups can contain a lot of sodium and fat, especially if they are creamy. Next time you order soup at a restaurant, consider how much salt is in it. Fried Chicken While chicken is great lean meat to eat, it isn’t so healthy when it is fried. Fried chicken can contain a lot of fat, since it is fried in oil, and salt in the breading. Fat Free Foods When people are trying to eat healthy, they opt for foods that say “Fat Free” on the label. Unfortunately, fat free only means that the food contains unnatural chemicals to make it taste the same as when it does have fat in it. It’s important to look at the food labels when it comes to buying foods that are “fat free.” Alternative Flavored Milk Many people are now drinking nut milk such as almond and cashew. This is a great healthy choice, except when it is flavored. That chocolate or vanilla almond milk you’ve grown to love is actually full of sugar. Smoothies A smoothie is another food that is considered to be healthy. However, a smoothie ordered at a restaurant or smoothie bar can contain a lot of sugar, especially if they do not use real fruit. The best way to drink a smoothie is if you make it at home with fresh or no sugar added frozen fruit. Tomato Juice How could a fruit juice lead to heart disease? Well, tomato juice that comes in a bottle can contain a large amount of sodium and calories. BBQ Sauce That sweet BBQ sauce that you love during the summer is actually full of sugars that can lead to heart disease. In fact, two tablespoons of BBQ sauce may contain as much sugar that is in a chocolate donut.