Staying health involves eating healthy by obtaining the right nutritional balance in meals for a health heart.
It is undisputed that fact that many of the diseases that affect Americans are as a result of what they eat or how much of what they eat.
This therefore indicates that lowering one’s risk of certain diseases require a deliberate commitment and action to improving diet.
Also, it has a direct link with the function of your heart and blood vessels.
More and more Americans are now appreciating the important of this and are moving towards seeking health foods or organic health foods that will do more good to them than harm them.
NB: This is not to suggest that food has the ultimate effect on the heart hence is responsibility entirely for the health of the heart.
There are other factors such as smoking, which negatively affect heart health. That will be discussed on another blog post.
We are going to highlight some foods that are slowing killing Americans.
These ‘notorious’ foods; although appealing are unhealthy and should not be considered in your health meal plan or at worse not more than once a month. It will save your heart.
Many Americans appear to be living in bondage of processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon and sausage.
Appealing, yes they are but very unhealthy.
Most of these processed meats are preserved with salt and nitrites which are not so healthy for regular consumption.
It has long been established in scientific researched that processed meats are the worst type of meats for the human heart.
Turkey, Chicken, Salami and other deli meats are also included.
If they must be eaten, they must be in a way that will not hurt the heart.
If….if you need to eat any of these, cut down on size and or reduce the frequency of consumption to preferably Twice a month.
According to the World Health Organization, 50 grams of processed meat every day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.
The American Cancer Society Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention therefore recommends choosing fish, poultry, or beans instead of red meat and processed meat.
Processed foods such as white bread, white rice, sweets and sugars are often of very little nutritional value to do the many or thorough refinery process.
These processes virtually end up removing almost all important nutrients helpful to the body such as dietary fiber, fatty acids and minerals.
Whole grain products are good substitutes for products like white bread, white rice and low-fiber cereals, but many Americans unfortunately prefer white bread and white rice to it.
The implications of these are risks of heart diseases, diabetes and possible stroke.
Meanwhile, consumption of whole grain bread for instance leads to improved blood vessel function.
High level of processing of these products affect their natural structure.
Processing of these foods often adds many ingredients that are less healthy. Some of these include trans fats, sodium, and sugars.
Research shows that fructose is metabolized differently than other sugars, in a way that increases the liver’s production of new fat.
Fructose represents about half of the sugar in sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose (found in cane sugar and beet sugar).
That’s not to suggest that you never eat a slice of pie or white bread — just make them an occasional treat rather than a regular part of your diet.
Sugary and fizzy drinks
This is a difficult one for most Americans. In most cases, these fizzy or sugary drinks cost less than zero-sugar ones.
For millions of Americans, soft drinks are the beverage of choice. Unfortunately, they are unhealthy.
Soda, which is one of the most popular and widely consumed drink contains 10 teaspoons of sugar per 12-ounce.
Diet sodas are sugar-free or low in calories, but basically have no nutrients.
The negative effect that fizzy or sugary drinks have on the heart can be compared to the effect of refined or highly processed food products.
Remember we mentioned some negative impacts such as obesity early on. It comes in strongly here.
Projections on the American popular estimates that 3/4 Americans will likely be overweight or obese by 2020.
Regular intake of soft drinks increased the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic ailments.
The CDC 2014 figures indicate that more than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults age 20 and older are obese.
It also found that 17% of children and adolescents aged 2–19 years are obese.
This is an original Healthfoodsolution.com article. Feel free to leave comments and questions below this post.