7. Ice cream
Ice cream often contains high levels of cholesterol. Half a cup of vanilla ice cream contains over 4 grams of saturated fats. This is more than a quarter of what adults should have in a day and richer flavors can have even more.
8. Fried foods
In general, fried foods are bad for your health because the frying process creates trans fats. A 4 ounce serving of fried chicken can have as much cholesterol as 11 strips of bacon. By contrast, a grilled chicken breast can be a good source of protein in a weight loss diet.
One study claimed that regularly drinking soda that was sweetened with sugar can increase the risk of heart disease. Even diet soda isn’t that much better. Other research claims that people who regularly consume artificially-sweetened soda were at a greater risk for stroke and heart disease.
10. Macaroni and cheese
Macaroni and cheese is loaded with saturated fats and salt, as well as calories, which can hurt your heart. Because of this, try making substitutions when cooking the dish, like fat-free milk or low-fat cheeses.
Even foods that have some health benefits can be harmful to your arteries. While liver is high in iron, an excess of liver can increase cholesterol levels. In addition, half of the fats found in a portion of liver are saturated. Finally, liver is often prepared by frying it, which, as mentioned above, can increase heart problems.
12. Cottage cheese
Just because food does not taste salty, does not mean it is low in sodium. Cottage cheese often has high levels of sodium, which increase blood pressure, and some researchers claim that that’s enough to counteract the food’s healthier aspects, like high levels of calcium.
Bonus: How do I know if my arteries are clogged?
You can have clogged arteries as early as in your 20s. People experience all kinds of symptoms from blocked arteries, but there are some common ones.
- People with clogged arteries can have chest pains, commonly called angina.
- Lower back pain can come from a reduced blood flow to the back, which can even lead to painful herniated disks. Studies even show that people with chronic back pain are more likely to have clogged arteries.
- Clogged arteries can also lead to shortness of breath, which could eventually lead to malaise and fatigue. According to one study, people with this symptom may be suffering from high-risk heart disease.