Avoid delis. "Even lower-fat versions of cured lunch meats contain the preservative sodium nitrate."
Sausage and hot dogs include saturated fat. Even low-fat foods are salty. Batayneh advises limiting salt since it raises blood pressure.
If you buy fully seasoned, skin-on supermarket roasted birds, they have more sodium and saturated fat than home-cooked fowl.
Many store-bought condiments contain sugar and sodium, so you may want to switch them up.
In other condiment news, avoid sauce at cookouts for heart health. A normal bottle provides 310 mg of sodium per tablespoon.
70% of our sodium comes from packaged and restaurant meals. Natural substances contribute 15%
Fisher thinks hidden sugar and salt make reduced-fat salad dressings a cardiac crime.
"Fat-free packaged foods were once touted as healthy options for individuals wanting to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle," Fisher explains. No more.
For heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, choose a natural, full-fat, sugar-free nut butter. Low-fat peanut butters have the same calories as regular ones.
In another example of "not all fats are bad," check your cold cereal's nutrition label. Does it have more than eight grams of sugar per serving to compensate for its low fat?