Nowadays, plenty of restaurants openly brag about having a 3,000-calorie "heart attack special" laced with straight lard and sugar. But coronary disease is no joke, and while most people don't worry about this stuff until they're old enough to have a kid in college, it's smart to pay attention to your ticker long before you require a Lipitor prescription.
Since there's a lot of information floating around about foods that'll supposedly stop your heart, we called up a legit cardiologist to set the record straight. Like any decent doc, Jeff Etherton stressed that everything in moderation is key. Eating a little bit of any of these foods won't kill you. Just don't go too crazy on the Chinese buffet.
At the risk of ruining state fairs forever, we have to break it to you that no fried food is actually heart-healthy. That's because they're so high in saturated and trans fats, two things that should comprise only a tiny amount of your diet. But the case against French fries is particularly damning. "What you’re doing is taking a pure chunk of carbohydrate and then you’re frying it and putting salt on it," Etherton explains. "The problem is our bodies do crave that sodium and fat. But it's good to substitute that stuff with healthier, plant-based snacks that are still delicious." Sadly, we already checked, and Cheetos don't count as vegetables.