Each year, World Heart Day calls to action to help people better understand their personal risk for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension (high blood pressure). Heart screening and other activities for the public are being planned in over one hundred countries worldwide.  Meanwhile, we take a look at some precautionary measures that could literally help to add years to our lives. What we eat makes a massive difference to the health of our hearts. Eating lots of fruit, vegetables and dietary fibre plays a big part in helping us to avoid heart disease and other horrible illnesses. But what about the foods we should avoid if we want to stay heart healthy?

Healthy eating advice:  Following a diet that is high in fat and salt can greatly increase cholesterol levels and put you at risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions. We look at some of the foods you should definitely avoid if you want to keep your ticker healthy.  It may sound ridiculous, but often the fattiest and most calorific dish on a restaurant menu is a salad. Not because of the core ingredients, which should be consumed in abundance, but the salad dressing. While some dressings, made with healthy oils, lemon or herbs - are an excellent choice, some shop-bought products contain dangerous levels of fat and salt. So if you can, go for a basic dressing or, even better, make your own.   Remember that short list of foods with practically no nutritional value? Add fat-drenched potato crisps to it.

Full-fat milk: Milk is a vital source of calcium, so don't feel like you have to give it up for good. Just try and switch to semi-skimmed or, even better, skimmed to cut down on fat.

Fizzy drinks: All fizzy drinks – coke, fanta, lemonade, etc. and particularly the so-called “health” or energy drinks, like Red Bull, are high in sodium carbonate and loaded with caffeine.

Cheese: All kinds of cheese are high in fat and contribute to high cholesterol levels.

Chicken: While chicken is a source of protein, it is only low in fat if you remove the skin. Leaving the skin on makes the levels of saturated fat increase by about a third, so make sure you remove any skin before eating.  Why eat meat?  The human digestive tract is simply not designed nor suited for meat consumption.

Sausages: Keeping your heart in tip-top shape means cutting out sausages, hot dogs as well as fatty meat pies, sausage rolls and breaded meat. Sausages are the worst form of meat – heart killers, since they are just often loaded with offal and the disgusting carcass scraps – often swept off the floor.   Why eat meat?  Meat has no nutrition that you will not find in fruit and vegetables - and meat contains many BAD aspects that injur your health - even cause death.

Coconut oil: Avoid any dishes made with coconut oil, which is full of undesirable saturated fats. Olive oil is preferred.

Cake or biscuits: Very few foods have no nutritional benefit, but trans-fats (hydrogenated vegetable oils) are one of them. Used to extend the shelf-life of products, they are found in cakes and biscuits and other unhealthy snacks. Avoid like the plague unless you want to put your heart under unnecessary pressure.

Cream: It may taste absolutely delicious, but cream is full of saturated fat, which increases blood cholesterol levels and puts you at risk of coronary heart disease. Try using low-fat yoghurt instead.

Red meat:  While there is no reason why red meat is needed for human consumption, even when eaten in moderation, cannot contribute to good health in any way possible.  The medical profession will tell you to eat a “balanced diet”, because these so-called experts are simply NOT trained in diet throughout their 5 year medical doctorate training. Red meat contains around 30 to 60% saturated fat which is converted into 'bad' cholesterol (LDLs) - so make sure only your enemies enjoy meat.

Butter:  Packed with dietary cholesterol and saturated fat, eating too much butter is a one way ticket to high cholesterol. Make the changes now - eat margarine (margarine is a plant-based product and therefore doesn't contain the dietary cholesterol in animal-based butter) and cook with olive oil instead.

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VEGETARIAN, ken laming, kenneth laming, frugan, health, fresh food, raw food, famous vegetarian, vegan, nutrition, fitness,