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Heart Attack Foods
A heart attack results from a blockage in the flow of blood to the heart, causing heart cells to die. There are many causes, such as smoking, inactivity and a diet high in calories, sodium and saturated fats. Heart attacks are a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and there are several ways to quicken your path to a heart attack.
Note that for optimum heart health an adult's daily diet should consists of roughly 2,000 calories, fewer than 1,500 milligrams of sodium, fewer than 16 grams of saturated fat and fewer than 300 milligrams of cholesterol. This list reveals foods that will get you all of that and more in just one meal. Don't be discouraged by nutrition labels. Foods boasting of zero trans-fat still might be loaded with saturated fats, so you might still be in luck. Also, these labels display information about one serving size, and the container might have several servings. So you might have the opportunity to double, triple or even quadruple those numbers.
Conversely, should you so desire, you could avoid the foods on this list to lower your risk of a heart attack.
Restaurant AppetizersSlide 2 of 15
Appetizers used to mean just soup or salad. No more, heart attack fast-trackers! You can get a jump on your unhealthy meal these days with a variety of unhealthy appetizers. The infamous Aussie Cheese Fries from Outback Steakhouse tops many a "worst foods" list and likewise belongs in this group of best heart attack foods.
A small serving of Aussie Cheese Fries has 1,200 calories, 81 grams of fat (use a fork, or don't try to do any texting), 39 grams of saturated fat, and 1,500 mg of sodium — for starters, mind you. The "regular" serving with ranch dressing, perhaps meant to be shared, approaches 3,000 calories and 182 grams of fat.
Also consider a typical order of six chicken wings with dressing for an additional 1,000 calories and 50 grams of fat. Most appetizers or starters, aside from a non-creamy soup or simple salad with vinaigrette, will be the equivalent of a meal itself in terms of calorie, fat and sodium load.
Editor's note: To maximize the benefit of appetizers or any food in this list, keep smoking.Slide 3 of 15
Healthy Restaurant OptionsSlide 4 of 15
Healthy Restaurant Options
These make a surprising appearance on this list of heart attack foods. The reason is that many of these so-called healthy foods are only marginally healthier than their alternatives. Salads top the sublist of healthy foods gone bad. Consider the Grilled Steak Caesar Salad from Applebee's. It has nearly 1,300 calories, 2,200 mg of sodium, and more than 80 grams of fat (about two-thirds of total calories). Most restaurant salad-cum-meals are loaded with fat and salt.
Another favorite is the turkey burger. Make one at home, and you can keep a quarter-pounder under 250 calories and 8 grams of fat. Order a Mushroom Swiss Turkey Burger from Ruby Tuesday to get nearly 1,200 calories and over 70 grams of fat. Hold the onions! Onions contain sulfides that lower blood lipids and blood pressure and will only thwart your efforts to have a heart attack.
While there are unhealthier foods that will bring on that heart attack faster, "health" food makes this list, because it offers a false sense of security that might keep you from getting your cholesterol, blood pressure or blood lipid levels checked.Slide 5 of 15
Chinese FoodSlide 6 of 15
*Or perhaps more accurately, stuff sold in America that's called Chinese food, will put you on the fast track to a heart attack. High on your list needs to be P.F. Chang's Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo. Accounts vary, but according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, chefs somehow manage to cram in more than 1,800 calories and a phenomenal 7,500 mg of sodium (a five-day supply) in each serving. There are also 70 grams of fat, 13 grams of which are saturated. You'd have to eat about a dozen egg rolls to approach this convenient, heart-stopping dish.
If you want real Chinese food — that is, if you're abandoning your heart attack quest — and you can't afford to go to China, Taiwan, or San Francisco, then look for a Chinese restaurant in your area in which most of the clientele are Chinese-speaking. Otherwise, what you get consistently in classic dishes that don't exist in China, such as General Tso's chicken or sweet & sour whatever, is a full day's heaping helping of salt and saturated fat and 1,000-plus calories.
The same could be said about other varieties of ethnic food in America, such as Italian and Mexican. The originals are far healthier than the offspring. Yet Chinese food comes with the assumption of healthfulness because of the presence of vegetables.Slide 7 of 15
KFC Original Recipe ChickenSlide 8 of 15