CIRCULATION

5 Worst
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Trans fats are widely regarded as the healthiest type of dietary fat. Consumption of these fats has been associated to greater LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower HDL (good) cholesterol, chronic inflammation, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes in studies.

Fried foods

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Eating meals high in trans fats and saturated fats can raise bad cholesterol levels, which can lead to fat accumulation and deposition in blood vessels, obstructing smooth blood circulation.

Baking your own cookies, muffins, and cakes at home is far superior to buying pre-packaged ones at the shop. Not only will the homemade version be free of preservatives, but you'll also have more control over the amount of sugar and fat used.

Packaged pastries, cakes, and cookies

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Eating too much sugar can cause inflammation by producing a lot of insulin, and persistent inflammation has been linked to the development of type 2 diabetes in studies.

We hate to break it to you, but bacon is one of the worst meals you can eat for your blood circulation – and there are multiple reasons for this.

Bacon

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Not only that, but bacon is heavy in saturated fat, which raises LDL cholesterol levels, which can contribute to atherosclerosis and clogging of blood vessels.

Consider this before reaching for that bag of chips, pretzels popcorn, or cheese puffs: these processed snacks generally contain a double punch of salt and saturated fat, both of which are detrimental for your blood flow.

Packaged salty snacks

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Salty meals can raise blood pressure and make us more vulnerable to heart attacks and strokes, both of which are bad for circulation. Excess sodium consumption has been linked to damage to the innermost layer of blood vessels.

Pizza may make for a tasty and convenient meal, but it certainly isn't doing your blood circulation any favors: A single slice can pack anywhere from 600 to 1,500 milligrams of sodium—up to half or more of your daily recommended limit of 2,300 milligrams.

Pizza

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When you're really craving pizza, try making your own at home. That way, you can limit the sodium content by adding minimal cheese, as well as using vegetable toppings instead of nitrate- and saturated fat-containing meat options.

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