Unless you have high blood pressure or high triglycerides, a form of fat in your blood that can increase your risk of heart disease, moderate drinking won't hurt your heart. On the other side, excessive drinking can result in high blood pressure, heart failure, strokes, and weight gain. So, if you haven't started drinking yet, don't.
Cookies, cakes, and muffins should be reserved for special occasions. They're usually high in added sugar, which contributes to weight gain. Higher triglyceride levels have also been related to them, which can contribute to heart disease. White flour is frequently the main ingredient, which can raise your blood sugar and make you hungry. Make your own healthy snacks by: Replace the butter or shortening with whole-wheat flour, reduce the sugar, and use liquid plant oils instead of butter.
If you make pizza the right way, it can be healthy, but most take-out pizza and frozen pies are high in sodium, fat, and calories, all of which can increase your risk of a heart attack. When ordering pizza, choose a thin crust (whole wheat if possible), ask for less cheese, pile on the veggies, and omit the salty pepperoni or sausage. Make your own pizza for the healthiest option.
Chicken that has been deep-fried adds calories, fat, and sodium to an otherwise healthful dish. Fried food has been associated to type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, all of which increase the risk of heart failure. Bread skinless chicken breasts in whole-wheat flour and bake instead of frying for a crispy but healthier option.
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