3 drinks to avoid… if you suffer from heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

What you eat certainly plays a role in your health, as eating the right foods can help reduce your risk. Still, most people forget that the drinks you drink also play a role in increasing or decreasing your risk of heart disease.

Here are 3 drinking habits to avoid if you have heart disease, plus what to eat instead.

High-calorie juices

Smoothies and shakes can certainly be part of a healthy diet, but adding lots of high-calorie ingredients can turn these seemingly healthy drinks into “bombs” of calories.

A risk factor for heart disease is being overweight or obese, so drinking 600 or 800 calorie smoothies or smoothies can definitely increase your risk of weight gain.

Instead, consider the volume of a smoothie or shake (a volume of 12 fluid ounces is usually fine). Add low-calorie ingredients like spinach, fruit, and skim or fat-free milk, and if you’re choosing high-fat ingredients like nut butter or avocado, use small portions.

coconut drink

And if you like to drink coconut milk (coconut milk) or add it to your coffee or dishes, it can increase your risk of heart disease.

According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, coconut (as in oil or as a drink) is a saturated fat that has been shown to increase bad LDL cholesterol.

Instead, choose low-fat or low-fat milk or a variety of plant-based drinks such as almonds, oats, and rice that have little or no saturated fat.

Canned Vegetable Drinks

In addition, many canned vegetable drinks (such as tomato juice) provide a decent amount of sodium.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eating too much sodium (salt) can raise blood pressure and increase your risk of heart disease.

Instead, choose 100% low-sodium vegetable juices that count towards your daily vegetable intake, and watch how much you drink.

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