World Heart Day is an annual observance dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and promoting heart health. It is celebrated on September 29 each year and serves as a global platform to inform people about the importance of heart health and the steps they can take to reduce their risk of heart diseases. World Heart Day 2023 Date, History & Significance: From Prevention of CVDs to Increased Lifespan, Importance of a Healthy Heart. 

The day aims to inform people about the risks and consequences of cardiovascular diseases, which include heart disease and stroke, and highlight the importance of preventive measures. Maintaining a heart-healthy diet is essential for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. On World Heart Day, it's a good time to be mindful of the foods you should avoid or limit to promote a healthy heart. As you observe World Heart Day 2023, we at LatestLY, have bought a list of five foods to minimize or avoid to maintain a healthy heart.What Should Your Heart-Healthy Diet Include? Everything You Need To Know.

1. Added Sugars: Diets high in added sugars have been linked to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Cut back on sugary beverages, candies, desserts, and foods with hidden sugars.

2. Processed Meats: Processed meats like bacon, sausages, hot dogs, and deli meats are often high in sodium and saturated fats. They are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.

3. Excessive Alcohol: While moderate alcohol consumption may have some heart benefits for some people, excessive drinking can raise blood pressure and contribute to heart problems. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation.

4. Highly Processed and Fried Foods: Foods that are highly processed, fried, or loaded with unhealthy additives can contribute to inflammation, weight gain, and heart disease. Opt for whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible.

5. Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: Sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks, and certain fruit juices can contribute to obesity and heart disease. Choose water, herbal tea, or unsweetened beverages instead.

Excessive Caffeine: While moderate caffeine intake is generally safe for most people, excessive consumption can lead to palpitations and increased heart rate. Monitor your caffeine intake from coffee, energy drinks, and other sources.

Remember that a heart-healthy diet is not only about avoiding certain foods but also about incorporating heart-healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and sources of healthy fats (e.g., avocados, nuts, and olive oil) into your meals. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight all play significant roles in promoting cardiovascular health.

Wishing everyone a Happy World Heart Day 2023!

(This article is written for an informative purpose and should not be substituted for medical advice. Kindly consult your doctor before trying any tips.)

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Sep 25, 2023 06:24 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website