Just as important as it is to eat foods that are good for you, you should avoid those foods that are bad for you.
Last week, I gave you the heart-healthy foods list. Here is a list of foods you should avoid like the plague because they contribute to your risk of heart disease and other ailments:
- Fruits and vegetables to avoid: Vegetables made with creamy sauces and those that are fried or breaded; canned fruit packed in heavy syrup and frozen fruit with sugar added; fruit juices with sugar added; and vegetable juices with added sodium.
- Grain products to limit or avoid: White refined flour, white bread, muffins, frozen waffles, cornbread, doughnuts, biscuits, quick breads, granola bars, cakes, pies, egg noodles, buttered popcorn, high-fat snack crackers.
- Fats to limit: Butter, lard, bacon fat, gravy, cream sauce, nondairy creamers, hydrogenated margarine and shortening, cocoa butter (found in chocolate), coconut/palm/cottonseed/palm kernel oils.
- Proteins to limit or avoid: Milk (a dead food) and other dairy products; organ meats such as liver, fatty and marbled meats (especially nonorganic); spareribs; cold cuts; hot dogs; sausages; bacon; all fried or breaded meats.
- High-salt items to avoid: Table salt, canned soups and prepared foods such as frozen dinners, tomato juice, soy sauce, all processed foods.
- Sodas: Are highly acidic and contain sugar or, worse, sugar substitutes.