When eating to take care of your heart, avoid trans fats, which may be found in two forms.
- Artificial trans fats—found in packaged and processed foods, such as cake mixes, french fries and margarine
- Naturally occurring trans fats—found in animal products, such as pork fat and red meat
Also, try to reduce your intake of foods that are high in sodium and sugar. Both are found in high levels in processed foods, ready-to-eat meals and restaurant fare. Cooking more meals at home from fresh ingredients allows you more control over the amount of salt and sugar you consume.