These Two Foods Are The Worst For Your Heart Health

Two foods most important to avoid, according to cardiologists 

(Popular Science) The American College of Cardiology decided to do a review of what exactly you should be eating for your heart health–and what you shouldn’t.

Here are the two foods they found most important to avoid – unfortunately, they’re both very popular:

Energy drinks

The bizarre mixtures of caffeine, vitamins, and other stimulating compounds in energy drinks is perhaps one of the worst offenders to your heart health.

Drinking them increases your chances of developing arrhythmias, coronary spasms, and death.

Young people who consume them can have seizures, heart attacks, and cardiomyopathy.

Multiple health organizations, like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the European Union, have recommended that no children or adolescents consume energy drinks.

[If energy drinks are bad for kids, can they be any good for adults? The best way to have more energy may be to improve your sleep. – Editor]

Added sugars

Now that we know much of the research suggesting that fat, not sugar, increased heart disease risk was funded by fast food companies trying to protect sugar’s reputation, physicians of all kinds are united in thinking that it’s pretty terrible for you.

It’s not that you can’t have any, just that the healthy limit is probably less than you’re thinking.

The average American eats 19.5 teaspoons of sugar per day—the recommended limit is less than half that. It’s nine teaspoons (38 grams) for men and just six (25 grams) for women. For reference, a single Snickers bar contains 27 grams of sugar.

But all of this is true for added sugars. Nutritionists agree you can eat pretty much as many pieces of fruit as you want.

Your body has to work much harder to break down solid, natural foods like that, which helps reduce the impact of the sugars in a peach or an apple.

A new FDA rule requires manufacturers have to start identifying added sugars separately from any naturally-occurring sugar, which should help you spot the worst offenders. Read the full story at Popular Science.