Some of us face a higher risk of heart disease due to genetics. Even more of us are at risk due to the way we eat, however. Could your eating habits be putting your heart at risk?
Here are 3 things to watch out for:
1. You eat too fast.
It’s hard to control yourself when you’re ravenous–after all, who wouldn’t love to dig into a fat, juicy burger after skipping breakfast and lunch?
Doing so could wreck havoc on your heart, however, reveal researchers from Japan.
They found that people who ate the fastest were 11.6 percent more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms that raise the risk of heart disease.
2. You’re a habitual night muncher.
Like to snack from the fridge past bedtime?
While the occasional snack isn’t bad, doing it on a regular basis could raise your risk of heart disease.
Doing so interferes with your body’s natural circadian rhythm, causing excess weight gain and heart problems.
What to do instead: Can’t resist the munchies?
Take a hard look at your day-to-day diet, as it may lack critical nutrients that your body craves late at night.
3. You indulge in organic sweets.
While an occasional indulgence is never a bad thing, eating sweets frequently, even if they are the organic kind, is bad for your heart.
Research shows people who do are more likely to develop heart disease later in life, regardless of how organic these foods are.
Organic doesn’t give you the license to overindulge. Curtail your intake and replace it with healthier options instead, such as fresh fruit.
Remember, moderation is key–especially when it comes to your heart!