Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, according to the Heart Foundation. It claims more lives than all types of cancer combined. In the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds.
With statistics like these, everyone should be worried about heart health, even people that currently do not have any issues with it. A poor diet is one of the leading contributors to heart disease, other than genetics. It is also something that is incredibly easy to control.
You probably know that deep dish pepperoni pizza and juicy burgers covered with cheddar cheese are bad for your heart. But, what you probably don’t realize is that there are many seemingly healthy foods that you should never let pass your lips if you care about your heart. Here are 15 healthy snacks that should be booted out of your diet immediately.
1. Snap Pea Crisps
These delicious snacks come in a green bag and are usually found in the produce section of the grocery store. It might say things like “made from whole green peas” and “good source of fiber” on the bag. While both of these things are true, what it doesn’t say is that these are processed, packaged peas that are combined with corn, oil, salt, and flavor. The second ingredient listed on Harvest Snaps “Snapea Crisps” snacks is vegetable oil. Vegetable oils contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats, which are bad for the heart. Research in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says that too much polyunsaturated fat increases the likelihood of death from coronary artery disease. Skip the processed, packaged snap peas and choose fresh ones instead.