Eating fried and sugary foods is not only unhealthy, but it can also increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. This article post will explore why this happens.
What is heart disease?
Heart disease is a term used to describe any problems with the function of the heart, such as coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure. In general, heart disease occurs when the blood vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart are narrowed or blocked. Also known as cardiovascular disease, this condition is often due to a buildup of fatty deposits in arteries that feed the heart muscle.
In advanced stages, coronary artery disease can lead to chest pain and a heart attack. If a person is experiencing chest pain, they need to seek emergency medical attention immediately.
The link between diet and heart disease
According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), poor dietary choices are linked with heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.
Overconsumption of foods high in saturated
fats, sugars, and sodium is linked to obesity. Obesity is a factor that
increases the risk of heart disease by increasing blood pressure and
cholesterol levels. Saturated fat raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
cholesterol levels which have been associated with an increased risk for
Saturated fat intake has been associated with cardiovascular disease, so the DHHS recommends Americans should consume less than 10% of their daily calories from saturated fat.
How fried, sugary, and fast foods
increase the risk of cardiovascular disease?
Fried foods are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In particular, these foods increase LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels in the blood, which increases the risk of heart disease. In addition to being high in calories from fat, sugary snacks can contain hidden sugars that increase the risk of coronary artery disease.
Sugary drinks are associated with an
increased risk of cardiovascular disease, in particular raising blood pressure
levels which increase the risk of heart disease.
Fast foods are high in calories and low in
nutrients; they increase LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, they are
usually high in sodium, they are often filled with unhealthy trans-fats, they
provide very few healthy fruits and vegetables, they are full of sugar in the
form of high fructose corn syrup.
Tips for cutting back on
Limit the number of sugary snacks you eat every day to two or three servings. This is about 150 calories daily from added sugars. If you drink a sugary beverage every day, have one less per week.
Try to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages such
as soda, energy drinks, or sports drinks. And limit fruit juices or smoothies
made from them because they’re high in calories and added sugars.
Limit your intake of foods made with white
flour such as bagels, rolls, pizza dough, crackers, or pretzels. Instead,
choose whole-grain foods like brown rice, oatmeal, or 100% whole wheat bread
and use only whole grain flour when you bake.
Sugar is high in calories, so it’s
important to watch the amount of sugar you consume on a daily basis. Sugar can
be found in many forms, such as brown sugar, cane sugar, confectioner’s
powdered sugar, granulated sugar, honey, molasses, and syrup.
Sugar is known to raise blood pressure
levels which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. When you cut back on
sugary snacks such as candy bars or doughnuts, you may be more likely to eat
salty snacks such as chips or pretzels, don’t do that. These are also high in
sodium which is associated with cardiovascular disease. If you want
professional help, you can also visit one of the centers for heart
disease prevention in Denver.
Instead of cutting out sugar entirely, it would be helpful to cut back slowly, so your taste buds have time to adjust. This could increase the likelihood that you will stick to cutting back on sugar and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
This article has provided you with
information on how a Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
is Associated with Diet, as well as some strategies for reducing
your intake. We hope that this post was helpful to you! If so, please share it
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