Continued from last week
A healthy eating plan should have only a small amount, if any, of saturated or trans-fats. Fatty foods are bad for both the heart and blood vessels. An 18 oz. ribeye at LongHorn Steakhouse without any sauce has about 1140 calories, 79 grams of fat and 1,500 mg of sodium.
Hardly will anyone believe that milk will be in this list. Milk is a great source of calcium, but high-fat dairy sources, like whole milk, provides you with more fat than you need. One cup serving of whole milk has about eight grams of fat, five grams of which are saturated. Saturated fats are worse for you than other types and has been linked to heart diseases. Try using two per cent milk or, even better, one per cent or skim.
Frozen Pot Pies
A single serving of pot pie equals about 1,400 mg of sodium in addition to about 35 grams of fat. That is more than 50 per cent of your daily recommended intake for both, and in one serving. The fat also includes transfat, which needs to be eliminated from your diet completely, and an unhealthy dose of saturated fat. Clear your freezer and say ‘no’ to pre-packaged frozen meals.
Everybody loves Happy Hour, but alcohol consumption actively causes blood pressure to elevate. It also damages the walls of the blood vessels while simultaneously increasing the risk of further complications, making it a horrible choice for adults with high blood pressure. Do not do it. Beer bellies are not cute.
Noodles, cup noodles or any another pre-packaged noodle meal is popular among students and lazy adults but highly damaging to your body. One package of generic ramen noodles contains 14 grams of fat and a whopping 1,580 mg of sodium. The tiny flavour packet that comes with it is the major culprit, containing most of the sodium.
The crunchy, low-calorie snack is a great complement to your sandwich order except for the fact that it is loaded with sodium. Three medium pickles, about 3.75 inches long, can have about 2,355 mg of sodium, more than the recommended sodium limit of 2,300 mg for an entire day.
Canned Chicken Noodle Soup
The perfect food for those cold rainy days is far from perfect for people with high blood pressure. On the average, a cup of canned chicken noodle soup contains as much as 760 mg of sodium.
Eat an entire can, which makes about two and a half servings, will have you gulping down 1,800 mg of sodium.
To be quite frank, bacon is mostly fat. Three slices have 4.5 grams of fat and about 270 mg of sodium, and most people eat more than that at breakfast or in those B.L.T. sandwiches. It is tough being a meat lover these days, is it not? Avoid these foods for a healthier heart?
This story was published in Newswatch Times on July 4, 2015.