Keep Your Heart Healthy By Eating Less Of These Foods

How often do you think about your heart health? You might want to get started. Lots of Americans believe they're in great shape when they actually have a family history leaving them with hidden risks. One of the ways to make sure you're doing right by your heart is to eat well. Are you aware of these three danger foods that could put you into cardiac arrest?

1. Steak, Of Course

Ever heard the phrase "heart attack on a plate"? That's steak. It shouldn't surprise you that your favorite filet comes with tons of saturated fat and cholesterol that make it an unwise meal choice. Pan-fry your piece of meat and you'll run even higher in calories and fat.

2. Italian Foods

Well, Italian-American, anyway. Pizza and pasta are no friends to your heart health, packing tons of starch along with all that sauce. Consider also that a single serving of pizza is one slice—and even that packs nearly 10 grams of fat and 551 milligrams of sodium. And how often are you having just one?

Luckily, there's a way to do this healthily, so you don't need to say ciao to this delicious genre altogether. Opt for whole-wheat pizza dough and pastas. Pizza is also always healthier (and more fun!) when you make it yourself. And if you're in the mood for meatballs, try ground turkey instead of beef.

3. Ice Cream

Shocker! Ice cream may melt quickly, but the calories stick around for long after, especially once you venture into the world of Ben & Jerry's style extras like cookie dough, brownie bits, and other add-ons. Even flavors with fruit are dangerous: Cherry Garcia comes with 14 grams of fat and 22 grams of sugar for just a quarter of a pint.

The alternatives are easy. Go for Halo Top, America's newest and now most popular ice cream brand, or make your own from frozen bananas. If you're eating regular ice cream, the plainer the flavor, the better. You don't need to forgo treats completely, but moderation is key.