5 foods that are harmful to your heart

If you want to maintain the health of your heart, refrain from eating that juicy steak or cheeseburger. Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) levels among red meat eaters are found to be quadruple those of white meat or non-meat protein eaters.

Fatty red meats

A molecule called TMAO, produced by gut bacteria, is linked to heart disease and worsens cholesterol deposits in artery walls.

Fatty red meats

The next time you're tempted to reach for a soda, energy drink, sports drink, sweetened sparkling water, or juice that's packed with high-fructose corn syrup, try to rehydrate yourself with a glass of water or a different non-sugary beverage.

Soda and other sweetened beverages

Your risk of developing heart disease can increase if you frequently consume dairy products with a high fat content, such as whole-fat milk, butter or stick margarine, cream, and cream cheese.

High-fat dairy products

However, adopting low-fat dairy alternatives is an alternative to completely avoiding dairy if you want to maintain good heart health.

High-fat dairy products

90% of Americans consume too much sodium, which raises their risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. The frightening part is how simple it is to unintentionally consume too much sodium.

Salt

Salt is found in the majority of processed foods, even some you might not expect like bread, sauces, condiments, and salad dressings. This is true even if you're careful about how much salt you shake onto your food or dishes that you're making.

Salt