Bad News: These "Healthy" Foods May Not Be Good for Your Heart



Eating healthy is never one size fits all. Our bodies are so different, all with various needs and quirks to attend to. So while a seemingly healthy food can be recommended by nutritionists and dietitians, it may not be right for you.

We spoke with Steven Gundry, MD, a top heart surgeon and author of The Plant Paradox; Christopher Calapai, an NYC board-certified expert in osteopathic medicine specializing in longevity; Keri Glassman, a registered dietitian and the founder of Nutritious Life; along with Luiza Petre, a weight-loss-management specialist and board-certified cardiologist, to find out which otherwise healthy foods should be avoided, particularly if you're concerned about a heart condition.

"Diet is a major player in affecting heart health and can lead to many ailments, fast-tracking to heart diseases like obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes," explains Petre. "The common offenders in American diets are the high content of sugar fructose present in more than 80% of supermarket foods. While initially it was believed that fat was the main heart disease trigger, it turns out that sugar is a much worse player. A lot of foods that are advertised as healthy contain too much salt, have a high glycemic index, or hold other villains that sabotage our heart health."

Keep reading to find out what they are, and prepare to be a teeny bit surprised. We were.