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Break These Eating Habits To Take Good Care of Your Heart

Break These Eating Habits To Take Good Care of Your Heart

These five habits could be setting you up for future struggles with heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S.

1. Too many foods with high-sugar content: Excess sugar causes excess insulin release, which causes irritation and plaque development in blood vessels, Stephen T. Sinatra, Heart MD Institute Founder, via Eat This, Not That.

2. Too much salt: Consuming too much salt causes high blood pressure, which ties to heart disease, Suzanne Steinbaum, MD Mount Sinai Hospital, via Eat This, Not That.

3. Drinking soda: Both sugary regular sodas and artificially sweetened diet sodas can wreak havoc on your heart.

4. Excessive saturated fat: Too much butter, cheese, red meat or processed foods can greatly increase your risk of heart disease.

5. Too little fiber in your diet: Dietary fiber is known to bind with cholesterol and help with cholesterol reduction, as well as play a role in regulating blood sugar levels, Kara Landau, Registered Dietician, via Eat This, Not That.


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