Hippocrates was definitely onto something when he advised folks to “let food be thy medicine.” After all, we are what we eat.
But there’s an unspoken dark side to that old adage. Because if you’re not careful food can be your murderer, too—especially in today’s world.
Our modern food supply is jam packed with junk. In fact, I refuse to call half of the processed, packaged, chemical-laden garbage that lines store shelves “food” at all.
So is it any wonder that heart disease remains this country’s top killer?
It doesn’t help that heart doctors can’t even decide among themselves what’s best when it comes to nutrition advice. Heck, you’ll find more bickering at a cardiologist convention then you would if Star Wars and Star Trek cons ended up accidentally booking the same hotel one weekend.
Purge these 5 heart disease linked foods from your pantry
But despite all that disagreement, there are still some foods that none of them will touch with a ten-foot pole. And if you value your life, you’d be wise to avoid them at all costs too.
Purge these five heart doctor banned “foods” from your pantry as soon as possible. And keep them out of your shopping cart for good…
1. Soft drinks:
Both sugar-sweetened and diet versions of soft drinks belong on the ban list. Just one sugary soda a day can raise your risk of diabetes by more than a quarter. And research shows that sipping diet soda isn’t any better. In fact, this habit raises your risk of stroke and heart attack dramatically, too.
2. Instant noodles:
That cheap ramen you used to stretch the food budget when the kids were young, or that they lived off in college, is a time bomb for your ticker. And if you don’t kick the habit, it could send you to an early grave.
There’s actually research to prove it, too. One 2014 study showed that eating instant noodles is independently linked to metabolic syndrome. And as I’ve explained before, having metabolic syndrome dramatically raises your risk of both diabetes and heart disease.
Forget butter—margarine is the real heart stopper. Once lauded as a health food because it’s made from plant oils, we now know that it’s actually the worst spread for your bread.
Why? Well first of all because it’s a prime source of trans fats—hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils that send your risk of heart disease skyrocketing. But even with the trans-fat ban going into effect, omega-6 heavy vegetable oils are bad news for your heart health.
When unstable omega-6s deteriorate, they produce damaging free radicals. Those free radicals can then attach to LDL producing heart-harming oxidized cholesterol (oxLDL).
4. White bread:
The refining process strips white bread of its nutrients, leaving little but sugar leftover. As a result, white bread is about as high on the glycemic index scale as you can get—and eating it regularly could double your risk of heart disease.
So put down the Wonder Bread, for the last time. If you must make a sandwich, make it with 100-percent whole grain, and nothing less. Better yet, try large lettuce leaves or riced cauliflower “bread.”
5. Hot dogs:
Hot dogs may be a summertime staple. But the truth is they are processed to the moon and back, and about as packed with preservatives (nitrates, in particular) as a meat product can get.
That, needless to say, spells trouble for your heart. In fact, one Swedish study linked eating hot dogs and other processed meats to a nearly 30 percent increase in risk of heart failure, and double the risk of dying from the condition.
The bottom line? If you want to maximize your heart’s shelf life, you’ll scratch all of these heavily processed villains off your shopping list. And replace them with real, whole food instead.