Avoid these 10 foods

It is one of the diseases that we can most easily prevent with a healthy lifestyle, but which can also be produced just as easily with an unhealthy diet: atherosclerosis, also popularly known as hardening of the arteries. However, it is not calcium that accumulates on the vessel walls, but rather LDL cholesterol, which gradually narrows the blood vessels. Over decades, the supply lines to our body and heart constrict, ultimately leading to a lack of supply. If the coronary arteries close, the heart muscle dies from lack of nutrients and oxygen. The result: heart attack. Here’s a look at the foods that slowly clog your arteries over the years.

Hardening of the arteries: 10 foods clog the bloodstream

Several thousand liters of blood flow through our vessels every day to supply our organs and muscles. With a healthy lifestyle we can keep them elastic; an unhealthy lifestyle makes them congested and tighter. Consumed in excess, these foods contribute to the constriction of blood vessels:

1. sausage

While fresh, high-quality meat is quite safe in moderation, it shouldn’t be on your daily menu due to saturated animal fat. Highly processed sausage products should be consumed as little as possible, as they not only contain tons of salt and preservatives, but also particularly high amounts of saturated fat. This leads to an increase in the level of LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol that is deposited on the walls of the blood vessels. That’s why they warn German Society for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases (DGPR) against an excessive intake of cold cuts, red meat and high-fat dairy products. it would be ideal Meat twice a week at most eat and avoid sausages altogether.

2. White flour

Have you ever heard the term “empty calories”? These are foods low in nutrients like minerals and vitamins, but high in calories. White flour is the epitome of empty calories, as much of the micronutrients and fiber are removed from the grain during manufacturing to make it easier to process. However, all calories are retained and the glycemic load increases This is problematic because products made with white flour have a negative effect on the blood sugar levels to affect. While whole-grain products make it rise more slowly and steadily, it skyrockets with white bread and pasta. Excess sugar in the blood promotes the formation of inflammation. These, in turn, can damage the vessel walls and make them more likely to rupture. Therefore, untreated or poorly controlled diabetes also increases the risk of arteriosclerosis.

3. Sweets

Foods high in sugar have a similar negative effect on blood vessels as those made from refined white flour. In addition, sweets, cakes and the like increase the risk of being overweight, a key factor in the development of arteriosclerosis. Excess sugar is converted to fat in the liver and transported through the bloodstream surrounded by LDL cholesterol. The result: an increased risk of high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, all contributing causes of atherosclerosis. With a balanced diet, in which sweets nice exception and are not common, you can effectively counteract all of these risk factors and keep your blood vessels healthy.

4. Prepared meals

After a long and stressful day at work, it’s extremely convenient to pop a frozen pizza in the oven, heat up a ready-made lasagna, or simply add water to ramen noodles. However, you should top yourself as often as possible and spend the 15 minutes making a large salad or a colorful pan of vegetables. Because in most cases, industrially processed foods contain pretty much everything that’s bad for your blood vessels: For cost reasons and for ease of handling, ready meals usually contain White flour instead of wholemeal flour, Refined sunflower oil instead of extra virgin olive oil and a good portion on top sugar and salt by taste Frozen Pizza & Co. also often contains harmful substances Trans fat. All of these components are pro-inflammatory, and salt increases blood volume and therefore blood pressure in many people. That’s why it’s worth spending 15-30 minutes cooking a fresh, colorful dish, even if it may take a lot of willpower to get through at first.

dr Schubert-Olesen: Unhealthy nutrition causes these diseases

we have doctor Oliver Schubert-Olesen, Specialist in internal medicine and diabetology, interviewed on the topic “nutrition as medicine”. The doctor runs the Hamburg City Diabetes Center and asked us questions like “what diseases are caused by an unhealthy diet?” either “Can Food Replace Certain Medications?” answered. You can find their answers in the following video on our Instagram channel.


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