Cheap Groceries Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease

healthy eating for healthy heartIt’s no surprise to hear subsidized foods like corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, sorghum, dairy and livestock can be found in your local grocery store, favorite vending machine or fast food joint around the corner.

These ‘cheap foods’ taste good and priced right. However, your chances of heart disease increases the more cheap food you eat.

A recent article in Medical News Today reports that people who ate 56.2% of their calories from such a diet had a 14 to 41% higher risk of obesity, increased belly fat, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and diabetes.

Here’s a link to the original study along with tips to improve your diet.

Tips for Healthy Eating

  • Use no or low fat dairy products
  • Eat more whole grain products such as whole wheat
  • Eat a colorful plate of fresh, frozen or canned vegetables
  • Eat more fruit
  • Have fish twice a week
  • Eat skinless poultry
  • Eat nuts and legumes
  • Use mono and poly unsaturated vegetable oils
  • Drink water
  • Eat smaller portions of the leanest cuts of red meat

Foods to Limit or Avoid

  • Avoid sauces, which may be high in calories
  • Avoid added salt products
  • Avoid added sugar products
  • Drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Limit the amount of saturated fat
  • Avoid products with trans fat
  • Eat fewer desserts
  • Eat less red meat
  • Limit alcohol consumption

Read the food labels to know what is in each product in your shopping cart. It could make you healthier!

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