5 Heart-Worst Foods

The American Heart Association reports that heart disease kills more Americans than cancer and chronic lower respiratory illness combined. According to the same source, stroke kills 1 in 19 Americans.

Stress, lack of exercise, and underlying health issues can cause heart disease. The AHA warns that a non-heart-healthy diet can raise stroke, heart attack, and cardiovascular disease risk.

Avoid cheeseburgers and steaks to safeguard your heart. The National Institutes of Health found that red meat eaters have treble the amounts of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) as white meat or non-meat protein eaters.

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Instead of a soda, energy drink, sports drink, sweetened sparkling water, or juice with high-fructose corn syrup, try a glass of water.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, eating high-fat dairy products including whole-fat milk, butter, cream, and cream cheese might increase heart disease risk.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 90% of Americans drink too much salt, raising stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attack risk.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reports that regular alcohol use raises blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart failure risk.

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