5 foods that can trigger a stroke

stroke is the number-three killer in the U.S. a stroke occurs when a blood vessel in or leading to the brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot, starving brain cells of oxygen and nutrients. jere are five foods that cause the damage that leads to stroke.

1. Crackers, chips, and store-bought pastries and baked goods
Aim to limit trans fats to no more than 1 or 2 grams a day — and preferably none. Avoid fast-food French fries and other fried menu items and study packaged food labels closely. Bake your own cookies, cakes, and other snacks. Search out “health-food” alternative snacks, such as Terra brand potato chips and traditional whole grain crackers such as those made by Finn, Wasa, AkMak, Ryvita, and Lavasch.

2. Smoked and processed meats
Preserving processes are packed with sodium which damage blood vessels, causing arteries to harden and narrow. Switch from a smoked turkey or ham sandwich to tuna, peanut butter, or other choices several days a week. Or cook turkey and chicken yourself and slice it thin for sandwiches.

3. Diet soda
Substitute more water for soda in your daily diet. Alternatives are lemonade, iced tea, or juice.

4. Red meat
Aim to substitute more poultry – particularly white meat – and fish, which are low in heme iron, for red meat. Also, choose the heart-healthiest sources of protein whenever you can, especially beans, legumes, nuts, tofu, and nonfat dairy.

5. Canned soup and prepared foods
American Heart and Stroke Association recommends less than 1,500 mg of sodium daily. Salt, or sodium as it’s called on food labels, directly affects stroke risk. Sodium wears many tricky disguises – some common, safe-sounding ingredients that really mean salt: baking soda, baking powder, MSG (monosodium glutamate), disodium phosphate, sodium alginate. Make your own homemade soups and entrees, then freeze individual serving-sized portions. Buy low-sodium varieties, but read labels carefully, since not all products marked “low sodium” live up to that promise.

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read article on Yahoo! Health by Melanie Haiken, Caring.com: 5 Foods That Can Trigger a Stroke

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