These foods may harm your heart

What you eat can improve your heart. "Heart-healthy foods contain nutrients that benefit the cardiovascular system or reduce the risk of heart disease. 

By lowering 'bad' LDL cholesterol & blood triglycerides, reducing blood pressure, controlling weight, &/or improving insulin sensitivity.," 

Says Rania Batayneh, MPH, owner of Essential Nutrition For You & author of The One One One Diet. 

The Mediterranean and DASH diets are high in omega-3s, potassium, calcium, magnesium, fibre, phytonutrients, & antioxidants, making them good choices for heart health. 

Science supports this claim. A 2016 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that a diet rich in fruit. 

Whole grains, nuts, legumes, dairy, & heart-healthy fats can cut cardiovascular disease risk by roughly a third. Which foods do dietitians recommend? 

Here are 40 heart-damaging foods. No deli. Suzanne Fisher, RD, LDN, founder of Fisher Nutrition Systems in Florida, says even low-fat cured lunch meats contain sodium nitrate. 

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