30 Worst Foods for Your Heart

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Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.? Scary, we know! Kick out these ticker-harming foods from your diet to improve your health for years to come.

The heart: It’s our most vital organ, but if you ask someone how to best care for yours, they’ll likely tell you to find a nice guy who won’t break it into a million pieces. (Thanks, mom!) Even M.D.s aren’t the best source of heart advice: The average primary care office visit lasts just 10 minutes. So, even if your ticker is in danger, most docs will just tell you to watch what you eat and send you on our way, no other details provided.

That’s not the very prescription to put into practice, and that’s why we’re here to help. Read on to discover 30 foods that sabotage your heart health and that need to be booted out of your diet ASAP. And once you’ve cleaned up your diet, ward off other age-related diseases with the help of these 30 Foods to Eat to Never Feel Old!

Many people know that eating too much salt can raise their blood pressure. But not everyone realizes that uncontrolled high BP can cause their arteries to harden and narrow, increasing the risk of heart disease. That’s not all: New research has also linked obesity to high sodium intake while another study found that overweight men with the highest salt intakes were 61 percent more likely to die of heart disease than those who consume less of the mineral. You already know foods like chips and pretzels pack a lot of salt, but here we reveal 10 less-obvious sources of sodium that are making your blood pressure soar. Commit them to memory and keep them far away from your mouth!

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Health