Today’s Health Tip ~ Foods that may Lead to a Stroke

The Good News is that Strokes can be Prevented

One key element to this is your diet. Here are some food items that have been negatively associated with an increase in stroke risk.

Processed Foods That Contain Trans Fat – Processed foods or junk foods, such as crackers, chips, store-bought goods and fried foods, typically contain a lot of trans fat, a very dangerous type of fat because it increases inflammation in the body. . . .  It is t is linked to increased stroke risk and also many other serious, life-threatening diseases as well.

Smoked And Processed Meats – There are certain preservatives found in smoked and processed meats — namely sodium nitrite and nitrate — that damage your blood vessels and thus increase your stroke risk. Not only that, but nitrates convert into nitrosamines which have been linked to certain cancers as well. Examples of smoked and processed meats include hot dogs, bacon and salami. Ideally, you would limit smoked and processed meats completely from your diet. However, if this cannot be done, at least ensure that you limit their quantities, as well as ensure that your meat is grass-fed, organic, free of nitrates and is labelled as 100 percent beef.

Table Salt – By salt, this means processed salt found in packaged foods and table salt. Natural, unrefined salt, such as Himalayan salt, is not associated with increased stroke risk and can be used to flavour food. In fact, natural salt can even help to regulate your blood pressure.

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