Ten. That’s it. Just 10 foods account for nearly half of all heart disease deaths in the U.S., researchers reported this week.
If people ate less of these foods and ate more nuts, fruits and vegetables, they could greatly lower their own risk of heart disease, the National Institute of Health says.
In 2012 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it stated that “more than 700,000 Americans died of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. “Of these, an estimated 45 percent (318,656 due to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes) were associated with suboptimal intakes of the 10 dietary factors.”
So what are these bad foods? Take a look…
First, consider that the average 1-ounce bag of plain, salted potato chips contains 155 calories, 10.6g of fat (3.1g saturated fat), and 149mg of sodium. Then multiply those numbers by 112: that’s the number of 1-ounce bags that the average American eats in a year. It’s the equivalent of seven pounds of potato chips annually.
Eat this instead:
A great choice instead of potato chips and the fattening dips that go along with it are the dynamic duo of pita and hummus. One pita has under 100 calories and less than one gram of fat. Hummus is an excellent, low-fat, low-cholesterol choice for a dip. And it tastes great.
It’s probably no surprise that these breakfast blunders made the list of worst heart foods. However, few people know how terrible can be. Just one Krispy Kreme Creme Filled Chocolate Doughnut is a doozey: 20g of fat (5 saturated), 23g of sugar, and 38g of carbohydrates. It’ll take you an hour to walk off the damage.
Eat this instead:
Reach for instant oatmeal, which has been proven to lower the bad LDL cholesterol and boost your