What Causes Plaque in the Arteries?
Today, life has become very fast. Every person is pushing his body harder and
harder to compete in this race of getting ahead and moving forward. What we forget is that our
bodies can take only a certain amount of pressure for a certain amount of time. If you overexpose
them to stress and unhealthy elements, then they are going to collapse before time. It is due to
tension and unwholesome habits that the problem of heart disease has spread so much in this age,
especially the problem of plaque in arteries.
Basically, it is our eating habits that cause the most damage to our heart.
There are certain foods that lead to the accumulation of plaque in the arteries, thus causing heart
disease. These foods are:
All types of meat contain fats—whether it is chicken, beef, pork, turkey or mutton. You may think
that by taking the leanest of cuts you are protecting yourself from the consumption of fats but you
are sorely mistaken. This is because the fats in meat are so well saturated that even though they
are not visible to the eye, they are still present. Saturated fats are the leading cause of plaque
Junk food is easy for your fast routine but very heavy for your arteries. All canned, pre-packaged
and processed foods contain a lot of hydrogenated oils. These oils play a role similar to that of
fats as these also pile up plaque in arteries. Thus, it is best to avoid processed and fast food.
Try eating everything that is natural and fresh. Those who have a sweet tooth can opt for dried
fruits rather than pastries and cakes to satisfy their cravings for sugar.
There is a wide variety of oils available in the market. However, not all of them are healthy for
your heart. For every day cooking, oils that are high in monounsaturated fats should be used. These
include olive, canola and sunflower oils. Tropical oils like that of coconut and macadamia nut are
advantageous only if they are used occasionally because they have a lot of saturated fats.
Dairy products seem so harmless! But their reality is quite opposite as all diary products also
have fats in them. In fact, even low-fat or fat-free items have some quantity of fats in them which
can be stored in arteries. Hence, it is better to take dairy products moderately and to fulfil your
requirements of nutrients like calcium and vitamins found in dairy products from other sources like
spinach and almonds.
All food types should be consumed in limited quantities because excess of
anything is not good.