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5 Foods to Avoid to Live Healthier

When it comes to eating there are good guys and bad buys. So take this advice.
When it comes to eating there are good guys and bad buys.  So take this advice. 

"One is to eat the right portion size, 2 is to eat a variety of foods, and 3 is avoid the 5 food felons," says Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic.

Never heard of the 5 food felons?  Well, first on the list is saturated fat which you find in things like fatty meats and foods containing palm or coconut oil. 

"We're eating many more of the foods that have saturated fat in them and that then causes us to have the start of atherosclerosis," says Roizen.

Or the narrowing of our blood vessels, putting us at higher risk for heart attack and stroke, says Roizen.  "The second one is avoid transfat, it's a poison." 

Transfats not only raise our bad cholesterol, but they lower our good.  You find them in some margarines and in commercially baked good such as cookies and cakes. 

The other 3 food felons all have something in common. 

"You want to avoid simple sugars, added syrups, and any grain that isn't 100% whole grain," says Roizen.  

That's because they can all cause unhealthy spikes and then dips in our blood sugar which may increase our risk for diabetes. 

"You want no more than 4 grams of sugar per hour," says Roizen.  That's about a third of a teaspoon.  

The best way to put the cuff on the 5 food felons is to go for the good guys: Fruits, vegetables,whole grains, and low-fat proteins. 


(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)


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