6 Foods That Are Pretty Bad for Your Heart

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  Margarine

While artificial trans fats that made up classic margarines have been banned, many margarine products swapped out their hydrogenated oils for palm oil,” Jones says

Palm oil is meh for heart health, when you compare it to avocado or olive oil, both of which are awesome for your heart.

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While fat has more calories per gram than carbohydrates and protein, it is an essential nutrient that you must eat enough of each day.

 Fat-Free Salad Dressing

You also need it to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. For example, vitamins D and E help support good heart health

Marketing of products such as Red Bull, Monster, and RockStar drinks may make you think you need them to feel energized

Energy Drinks

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but the reality is that on top of high doses of caffeine, they contain mixtures of other stimulants that are not well regulated and have no established upper limit values,” says Jones.

While drinking on occasion shouldn't be problematic, regular daily intake of alcohol, even in moderation increases the risk of high blood pressure and hemorrhagic stroke,” Jones says

Alcohol

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Moderate is defined as "up to one drink per day for women" and "up to two drinks per men" with a drink being equal to 12 ounces of your average beer, five ounces of wine, and 1.5 ounces of liquor.

The breading and oil bump up the calories—and it's not like they're good calories. Calories devoid of nutrients are often called "empty" calories. 

Fried Food

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 Empty calories can actually leave you feeling bloated, and a diet that is rife with them can often lead to weight gain, which can lead to weight-related heart health issues

Some people call this stuff "coffee," but as soon as you start adding sugary syrups and whipped cream and caramel sauces,

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 Caffeinated Milkshakes

you've taken what is what is an otherwise heart-healthy drink and loaded it up with those empty calories. Remember: The fewer adjectives in your coffee order, the better it is for you.

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