Eating egg-white only omelets
“Many years ago we would advise patients to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet to reduce their risk of coronary heart disease. This theory has now been disproven. Now the research shows that a Mediterranean diet, complete with extra-virgin olive oil and nuts is associated with a reduced risk of major cardiovascular events. I now tell patients not to worry about avoiding cholesterol, and to eat plenty of healthy fats. Today the real danger to heart health is added sugars, especially those in sweetened beverages such as soda.” —Andrew D. Atiemo, MD, an interventional cardiologist in Flagstaff, Arizona. These “healthy” foods actually aren’t that good for you.
Chewing a calcium supplement every morning
“Recent studies suggest that calcium supplements may be associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). A recent analysis performed by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that although a diet high in calcium-rich foods appears to be protective, taking calcium in the form of supplements may be associated with increased risk of plaque buildup in the arteries. Bottom line: Eat calcium-rich foods such as dairy products and leafy greens, and skip the pills.” —Andrew D. Atiemo, MD