Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. This disease does not discriminate, as anyone of any age or background can be diagnosed. Heart disease can be caused my many things including family history, lack of physical activity, and an unhealthy diet. The most common type in the United States is coronary artery disease. This occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries of the heart causing them to narrow. With such little room to flow, an inadequate supply of blood reaches the heart. To work properly, the heart must have enough blood.
The good news is that heart disease is preventable! Our arteries don’t just clog on their own; it’s what we put into our bodies that clog them. Take fried foods as an example; a study shows that they increase a person’s risk of heart disease by up to 68%. The study indicated a 18% increased risk for heart disease if fried foods were consumed up to three times a week, a 25% increased risk if consumed four to six times a week and up to 68% if consumed seven or more times per week.
Eating a healthy diet is a very useful tool in heart disease prevention. The most healthful diet, according to the study, suggests consuming high amounts of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains and limit foods high in saturated fats. Instead of frying, try a different method of cooking like grilling, steaming, or baking. The flavor will still be there, but it will come without the oily mess that clogs your precious arteries. If you fill your plate with healthy and delicious food, you won’t even miss the greasy stuff!