The poor diet typical for most Americans is the single most predictive risk factor for heart disease. Eating the calorie-rich and processed standard American diet causes plaques to form in blood vessels. This can lead to heart disease and early death.1
The standard American diet also promotes high blood pressure, high serum cholesterol and inflammation. These factors increase the risk of heart disease. The plaques that form on the artery walls (atherosclerosis) can restrict blood flow, rupture, and cause chest pain (angina). Atherosclerosis can also cause heart attacks and strokes.
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Resources: 1 Micha, R., G. Michas, and D. Mozaffarian, Unprocessed Red and Processed Meats and Risk of Coronary Artery Disease and Type 2 Diabetes – An Updated Review of the Evidence. Current Atherosclerosis Reports, 2012. 14(6): p. 515-524.
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