4. Trans Fats
Most commercial baked products contain trans fats like butter, margarine, lard and shortening.
Trans fats are created through processes that make vegetable oils more solid. Cheap to produce, you’ll find them in pre-packaged and prepared foods.
Trans fats are bad for you because they raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol. This is the kind clog your arteries. At the same time trans fats lower HDL or good cholesterol—adding a new risk to your heart.
Prepackaged foods, baked goods, croissants, muffins, snack foods, some margarines still contain trans fats. Read the labels and make your own goodies.
5. Sugars and Starches
Refined sugars and starches as well as trans fats lead to the development of artherosclerosis. Drinking only one sugary beverage a day increases risk of heart attacks by 20% according to a 2012 study.
Don’t think diet soda will remove this threat. A2012 study found that a daily diet soda also increased risk of heart attack.
6. Processed Meats
Hot dogs, pepperoni, bacon, sausage and other deli meats are laced with nitrates, sodium and other substances linked to heart attacks. Even those touted as “lean” and “natural” and “healthy” like turkey and chicken breast are processed and therefore lacking quality ingredients. In addition to nitrates, nitrites and sodium, processed meats are lower in protein and high in artery-clogging fats.
7. Butter, Cream, or Cheese Sauces
You can put all the healthy dairy products spin on Hollandaise and Alfredo sauces you like. The plain and simple truth is: They are artery clogging evils.
Butter, cream and cheese sauces are simple heart attack vehicles. Instead of Alfredo or Hollandaise sauce or gravy full of saturated fats, try a sauce made with olive oil or skim milk.
And while you’re at it, replace that white pasta with a wholewheat product. Another alternative is to ask for only a tablespoon or two of that Alfredo sauce you love—or have your Eggs Benedict without the sauce.Or make your own sauces with skim milk, low calorie cheese and Becel or other low-fat butter alternative.