We all need reminders of the foods we should be eating in moderation or avoiding altogether. Segal breaks down the foods that aren’t the healthiest for our hearts below.
You Should Eat Less of Anything With Trans Fats, and Here’s Why
According to Segal, trans fat raises your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lowers your HDL (“good”) (HDL) cholesterol. “A diet laden with trans fat increases your risk of heart disease, the leading killer of men and women,” warns Segal. “The manufactured form of trans fat, known as partially hydrogenated oil, is found in a variety of food products.”
These are the foods high in trans fat:
1. Baked goods. “Most cakes, cookies, pie crusts, and crackers contain shortening, which is usually made from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Ready-made frosting is another source of trans fat.
2. Snacks. Potato, corn, and tortilla chips often contain trans fat. And while popcorn can be a healthy snack, many types of packaged or microwave popcorn use trans fat to help cook or flavor the popcorn.
3. Fried food. Foods that require deep frying like French fries, doughnuts, and fried chicken, can contain trans fat from the oil used in the cooking process.
4. Refrigerated dough. Products such as canned biscuits and cinnamon rolls often contain trans fat, as do frozen pizza crusts.
5. Creamer and margarine. Nondairy coffee creamer and stick margarine also may contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
According to a Cardiologist, Here’s What You Need to Do to Have the Healthiest Heart
“Eat a mostly plant- and fish-based Mediterranean diet free of as many processed foods and added sugars as you can,” suggests Segal. “Try to limit the refined processed carbohydrates to rare treats.”
“I advise my patients to exercise daily for at least 30 minutes with aerobic exercise at least five to six days out of the week. The more you exercise, the better it is for lowering cholesterol, stress, inflammation, and potential abnormal heart rhythms. I am not a fan of supplements, and I advise my patients to eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight. There are rare times where I do use magnesium for certain abnormal heart rhythms. I also advise some intermittent fasting to aid in weight loss, blood pressure, and cholesterol control.”