Heart attacks occur when the arteries in the body supplying blood become clogged.
Unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking and lack of exercise increase your chances for a heart attack.
In addition, a diet high in calories, sodium, and trans fat is a sure way to make your heart unhappy.
Check out the following list of foods that the heart absolutely hates and try to do the best that you can to avoid them.
1. Restaurant Appetizers
Most restaurant appetizers are generally horrible for the heart. Consider all of the salt—and with its sodium—on an order of fries. With one serving, you might be meeting your entire daily requirement for sodium.
Not only does sodium increase your chances of a heart attack, your arteries absolutely hate it. What’s worse is that scientists are currently investigating the possibility that salted food is actually addictive.
A recent study tested the “Salted Food Addiction Hypothesis,” or the idea that salt might trigger the pleasure centers of the brain like an addictive drug. The researchers found that,
Salted food stimulate appetite, increases calorie consumption, augments the incidence of overeating, overweight, obesity and related illnesses.
2. “Healthy” Choices at a Restaurant
Many people looking to eat healthy opt for a salad when they go out. The problem is that salads are often loaded with fried of grilled meat. A grilled steak Caesar salad at the popular food chain Applebee’s contains 2,200 mg of sodium!
One of the problems that researchers recognized in a 2006 study is that people don’t always know the nutrition information of restaurant meal options.
According to the study, “most consumers are unaware of the high levels of calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium found in many menu items.”
Researchers understand that you might order a salad expecting it to be “healthy” only to find that it is loaded with sodium and calories. Fortunately, many restaurants now offer nutritional information on their menu items.
3. Chinese Takeout
Chinese food is typically high in sodium, MSG and unhealthy fats. Ever noticed how greasy some these can be?
One of the big problems with Chinese takeout are the levels of preservatives and monosodium glutamate (MSG) that you might find in many dishes. Researchers argue that MSG can cause a variety of negative reactions including throat discomfort, itching, and inflammation.
Recently, scientists discovered that some people are allergic to MSG and they don’t even know it. Before they understood the source, the symptoms of the MSG allergy were simply called “The Chinese Restaurant Syndrome.”