Foods to Avoid in the Name of Heart Health

Although we do not always have the ability to choose all parts of our diet, it is helpful to our bodies when some foods are minimized. Unfortunately, bacon is on the list of foods which may be better to minimize as a part of our diets.

Some foods which we commonly eat may be limiting our progress to live healthier lives. Many foods which we commonly eat may be high in trans fat and saturated fat. These are commonly found in foods such as crackers, non-dairy creamer for coffee and baked goods such as cookies. The American Heart Association recommends not consuming more than 14 grams of saturated fat and 2 grams of trans fat daily.

Red meat is a food group which is good to maintain a smaller portion.  Experts say it may be beneficial to limit red meat consumption to under 6 ounces a day. Red meats are high in saturated fats which can boost cholesterol.

While there are many foods that are good for a healthy diet, it is important not to overload on these foods to compensate for a lack of foods which may be considered unhealthy. It is important to consider not only what you are eating but also how much you are eating. Keeping a well-balanced diet is just as important as cutting out foods which may not be as healthy.

Remember, eating healthy is one part of heart health. Just because something might not be the best for our hearts, does not mean it has to be completely removed from your diet. You can still have bacon as part of your breakfast every once in a while if it makes you happy! Other steps towards increased heart health include exercising and doing everything we can to reduce stress in our lives.

-Davis Hoover, Alexander’s Hope Intern


Mayo Clinic

Unity Point