9 Yummy Foods
That Can Harm Your Heart!
Yummy foods are usually tasty and
loved by people of all ages. Though not all, majority of these yummy foods may
actually pose some threats to our health. Here are 9 so called 'junk foods' that
are yummy yet high in calories and low in nutritional content; they do contain
fats, especially trans fats.
Cookies and candy
The more the fat content, the more likely the cookie will contain trans fat.
A typical chocolate chip cookie could contain nearly 0.5 g of trans fats.
Apart from oats and Weetabix, most commercial brands of cereals contain
French fries are no doubt tasty for many people yet they are the worst
offenders. A medium-size fries contains as high as 14 g of trans fat if it
is fried in shortening or partially hydrogenated oils.
The fluffy texture and melt-in-mouth taste are mainly created by using a lot
of trans fats. For example, 1 doughnut can provide about 5 g of trans fats
and almost 5 g of saturated fat; cream-filled cookies have about 2 g of
trans fat each.
Chips and crackers
Chips and crackers are crunchy and that is why they are favored by many
people. But their crunchiness is in fact made by partially hydrogenated oil.
A small bag of chips can fill your stomach with 3 g of trans fat.
Instant noodles were first invented by the Japanese and have been very
popular among Asians because of the convenience. These noodles are actually
made by partially hydrogenated oil and therefore significant amounts of
Toppings and dips
You may wonder why whipped cream gets so light. This is because of partially
hydrogenated vegetable oil and thus trans fat. Perhaps, you may want to make
your own dressing with olive oil and vinegar or yoghurt and some herbs.
Frozen foods such as those breaded fish sticks, frozen pizzas and pies are
usually high in trans fat.
These include margarines, canola spreads and other spreads. For example,
stick margarines contain almost 3 g of trans fat per serving.
Trans fat is the most harmful
material that clogs the arteries of the heart as well as increases insulin
resistance. It will not only raise our LDL (bad cholesterol) but also lower our
HDL (good cholesterol). This will ultimately increase our risk of becoming
candidate of heart disease. By all means, cut down the consumption of these
foods if you do not want your heart to suffer later on.