Heart disease for dogs is a painful, scary, and disturbing disease that we can perhaps avoid if we are more careful about what we eat. So, let us talk about these foods that cause heart disease.
First, anything fried is a given. If it is fried, it will be what the Fat Loss Factor calls a fat powerhouse and a cholesterol source. The website uses fried chicken as an example and describes how only four pieces of KFC’s original Recipe Chicken contains 920 calories. That is almost the advised food intake for a whole day! And, the website did not include the fries or milkshakes.
An alternative to frying foods is grilling them. Menshealth.com shares that a skinless chicken breast is 120 calories. That is a fraction of the fried four pieces and more satisfying.
Another unhealthy food choice is sausages. One site uses The Johnsonville Original BratWurst as an example and it contains 22 grams of fat per sausage link. The alternative is to try turkey sausages or veggie links instead.
Cheesecake is a sweet toothed person’s go to, perhaps. The problem is that cheesecake is that it is laden with calories. For instance, the Cheesecake Factory’s Chocolate Cheesecake has almost 860 calories and 57 grams of fat per slice. But, a plain cheesecake is 315 calories and only 20 grams of fat per slice. It is ideal, but if you are craving cheesecake, go for the plain kind. It is less harmful for the heart.
Next is steak. Steak can have high amounts of saturated fat, especially in red meat and in large quantities. It is really bad for your heart. For example, a top sirloin cut of beef can be about 600 calories. Frying it will make matters worse. So, the question is, what can we do about it? Try choosing the right cut of beef. Filet mignon or a T-bone steak are good options to consider. I hate to be the annoying vegan, too, but veganism is a good idea for your heart. Take out the heavy steak and eat vegetables, starches, and fruits. You’re good to go!
But, if you still want to eat meat, burgers, in particular, you still have options. Remember, McDonald’s Big Mac has 540 calories, according to qualityhealth.com. The site even talks about homemade burgers, which still has a 14.8 grams of fat and 76 mg of cholesterol. An alternative to this is ground turkey breast. It has only 1 gram of fat.
Another food that is not good for your heart is pizza. We both could see this coming, with layers of cheese, bacon, and so on. One slice has 9.8 grams of fat, and 551 mg of sodium. And, let us both be real here, no one eats one slice of pizza. That is just unheard of!
So, what can you do about it? Make your own pizza. Use whole wheat dough. If you want to be extra cool, use pita bread! Add some tomato sauce, reduced fat cheese and some bacon (or faux meat) on top. Yum yum!
Pasta is another food that is not so good for your heart. Granted, I know, you are saying, “Come on, it is an Italian classic. Pasta and meatballs are a part of pretty much every family’s diet.” But, hear me out. A dish at Romano’s Macaroni Grill has 1,430 calories for a serving of pasta. That’s almost all you should be eating per day!
What is a guy or gal to do? Try whole wheat pasta. It does not taste as bad as it sounds, I promise. Give it a try.
Most importantly, remember that being healthy does not have to feel like a punishment.