Foods that Can Help Reduce Your Risk of a Heart Attack and CPR

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Junk food, or food that are considered junk and not good for the body, are coming into view again as health experts and nature lovers are striving for ways to help people live healthier, happier and longer lives. While foods that are high in fat are often the tastiest foods, many health experts for years have deemed certain foods as good as or better than other foods. In actuality, some foods that were deemed for years as bad or unhealthy are more heart healthy that you might think.


CPR usage is on an all-time high with the amount of people having heart attacks and other cardiac arrests triggered by high-cholesterol. While CPR certification is practiced more than it should be, simple diet changes can reduce the total amount of heart attacks and CPR patients each year.


Foods containing saturated fat have been deemed bad or unhealthy by health gurus; however, there are over fifteen types of saturated fat, and like the old saying, health experts threw the baby out with the bathwater by claiming all of them were bad. Check out these junk foods, which are actually better for your heart than you might think, and which saturated fats have been considered unhealthy, they are not the only example of a food that is considered bad, but can actually be good. Some can even lower your risk of heart attack and reduce your need for CPR.


Pork Rinds
While a puffy pigskin deep-fried snack might seem like the worst snack imaginable for a healthy heart, it actually contains the same healthy unsaturated fat found in olive oil, oleric acid. The majority of the fat found on a pork rind is unsaturated and another thirteen percent of the fat is stearic acid, which is one type of saturated fat that does not raise cholesterol levels and in considered harmless. Plus, you can even find pork rinds that are microwaved and not cooked in oil, making them even more heart healthy.


Alcohol
While many people recall the term "beer belly" when looking at the caloric index of alcoholic beverages, research shows that someone who drinks an average of two drinks for more than five days a week have the lowest risk of heart attack. However, you should still be cautious of your caloric intake, as alcoholic beverages generally have a lot of calories.


Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is generally assumed to be high in fat, protein, preservatives and sodium. While it can be high in all of those things, there are chemical-free products available which do not contain as much sodium and are MSG-free. Beef jerky is high in protein, which is good for snacking; however, beef jerky does not raise your level of insulin, which means your body is not being told to store fat.


Chocolate Bars
Chocolate is full of cocoa, which is rich in flavonoids. Flavonoids are the heart-healthy compound that makes green tea and red wine beneficial. Dark chocolate is the best kind of chocolate because it contains the most flavonoids. Plus, the majority of the fat found in chocolate bars is stearic and oleic acids. Some researchers found that consuming 100 mg of flavonoids helps to relax blood vessels and improve blood flow to the heart.


By realizing what makes good foods good and bad foods bad, you can improve your health and reduce the amount of CPR certifications required each year by choosing the right foods to eat. Not all foods that are considered bad are actually bad, so research what makes foods bad. Pork rinds, alcohol, beef jerky and chocolate are all foods that many health experts deem unhealthy or bad; however, by choosing the right kinds of pork rinds, alcohol, beef jerky and chocolate, you can actually reduce your risk of heart attack and reduce your potential need for CPR. Help reduce the amount of CPR certifications tested each year by choosing foods that are heart-healthy.

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