Trans fats and Saturated fats
Trans fats are made when an oil is partially hydrogenated to create a more solid and shelf-stable fat. Trans fats decrease HDL or good cholesterol and increase LDL or bad cholesterol in our bodies
Not only is popcorn a nutritious whole grain, it's also delicious and fun to eat. There is, however, an exception. Much of the microwave popcorn in the market is loaded with trans fats, the sneaky fats that raise your "bad" (LDL) cholesterol and lower your "good" (HDL) cholesterol. One popular brand of microwave popcorn packs as much as 5 grams per serving - the American Heart Association recommends limiting your trans fat intake to no more than 2 grams per day.
Movie theater tub popcorn.
A medium-sized popcorn has a whopping 60 grams of saturated fat and 1,200 calories. Why? Because it is popped in fats, then topped off with more fat, earning it a spot on foods that can wreck your cholesterol level.
Ghee (clarified butter).
In India, ghee is associated with healthful eating and honoring your guests but it is very high in saturated fat, just like butter.it is also high in palmitic acid which is artery clogging.
recommended that individuals consume no more than 1500–2300 mg of sodium (3750–5750 mg of salt) per day depending on age.
While soup can be a great way to curb your appetite for few calories, choosing certain canned soups can be hazardous to your heart. An individual container of chicken noodle soup contains more than 1,700 mg of sodium, which is 200 mg beyond the recommended daily intake for people over 50, or those who have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. (If you don't fit into those categories, your daily limit is 2,300 mg). The reason? Too much sodium can accumulate in your blood, which increases your blood volume as well as the amount of work your heart has to do to keep up pressure in your arteries
(such as table sugar or high fructose corn syrup).
One of the biggest surprises is that added sugars in processed and prepared foods are associated with decreased HDL levels.Increased added sugars are associated with blood cholesterol levels and heart disease risk.Everyone would benefit by reducing the amount of added sugars in the diet because they can also lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes.It is recommended getting no more than 100 calories from added sugars on a 2,000 calories-per-day diet.
It may come as a surprise that both regular and diet sodas can be harmful to your heart. Regular pop is packed with added sugar - about 8 teaspoons per serving. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 for men to prevent obesity, which can lead to heart disease. And diet soda's a heart no-no too: A recent study found that people who drank a low-cal soda daily had a 61% increased risk of cardiovascular event compared with those who drank none
- Many people think that eating healthy requires you to give up your favorite foods entirely, but the key to a balanced, healthy diet is control, not avoidance. So long as you limit your overall intake of such unhealthy foods as ice cream and deep-fried foods, eating fun foods now and again isn't going to hurt you. In fact, rewarding yourself occasionally is a good thing. If you don't, you increase the chances that you one day will abandon your healthy diet entirely because you are bored with it or tired of fighting cravings.
- Reading food labels can help you avoid foods high in saturated and trans fats. When reading labels, keep these numbers in mind: Saturated fat should not exceed 7% of calories and trans fats less than 1%, according to the AHA. That's less than 16 grams saturated fat and 2 grams trans fat on a 2,000-calorie diet.