Eat this, not that! Foods that destroy your heart


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As we continue our couch potato way of life, it is not new knowledge that keeping our hearts in the best shape possible is not our priority right now.

With that said, it is undeniable that heart health is important, which means, the first step that we can take to a healthier heart should begin with limiting foods that aren’t so healthy, and, maybe factor in a bit of exercise.

So, here are some food items that you may want to steer clear for a healthier you!

#1 Margarine

It’s in your breakfast sprinkled with sugar, it’s what they used to cook your Ramly burger and it is available in abundance – margarine.

Believe it or not, this ‘wonderful’ goop has more ingredients than actual butter, and contains trans-fats that are associated with an increased risk of heart disease!

#2 Salad dressing

The reason people pick up salads is that they are low in calories, but smothering all of it with salad dressing defeats the purpose. Thousand Islands dressing, Ranch dressing, mayonnaise are some of the many fixes, Malaysians dump onto their salad bowl and call it a healthy meal.

Why ruin a potentially healthy meal with caloric, fattening, sugar-laden concoctions. Pro-tip, skip store-bought dressings and make your own healthier versions at home.

#3 Energy drinks

Energy drinks are laden with high doses of caffeine and mixtures of stimulants that are not well regulated, making you think you need them to feel energized.

You would steer clear away from them if you knew that this exquisite blend have been linked to cardiac problems especially if it is mixed with alcohol or taken as a pre- or during-workout thirst quenchers. Pro tip – Take coffee, tea or a high protein snack instead.

#4 Too much alcohol

Alcohol intake, even in moderation increases the risk of high blood pressure and haemorrhagic stroke. What does it mean by moderate, well, for women it is “up to one drink per day” and, for men, “it is up to two drinks per day.” A drink is equal to 12 ounces of beer, or, five ounces of wine, or, 1.5 ounces of liquor.

With experts recommending less than that, it is best to cut back and protect your heart as best as possible.

#5 Fried foods

Nobody can resist a perfectly fried, pisang goreng, but imagine the calories that comes with all that breading and oil. It is common knowledge that a diet full of fried goodies often lead to weight gain and weight-related health issues.

Knowing what not to eat is just the beginning of the process. Know more about your health with a health screening, better yet a free one when you register for health insurance with Schedule an appointment now and take the first step to beating this silent killer.