Some seemingly healthy eating habits may have a negative impact on your heart. Think twice before trying any of these diet moves:
Going gluten-free. Ditching gluten may actually raise heart disease risk because it could lead to a lower intake of whole grains. And a 2017 study of more than 100,000 people found that for those who didn’t have celiac disease, eating gluten didn’t increase heart-disease risk.
Opting for a high-protein diet. Meat and dairy are high in protein, but some are also high in saturated fat. “The long-term outcomes are not good in terms of body weight or cardiovascular disease risk factors, says Alice Lichtenstein of Tufts University.
Skipping breakfast. According to a 2017 study in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, breakfast-skippers had 2 1/2 times the risk of developing atherosclerosis as breakfast-eaters.
Switching to coconut oil. A tablespoon of coconut oil contains 11 grams of saturated fat, and according to the American Heart Association, it has been shown to raise LDL (bad) cholesterol as much as butter, beef fat, or palm oil. Stick with oils that contain mainly monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, which include avocado, olive, and safflower oils.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health May 2018
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