Everyone knows a strong heart is a must for a healthy life, and it’s not just exercise that keeps it that way. During the holidays, food often goes together with the festivities. So we’re looking beyond the obvious artery-busters (we’re talking about you, doughnuts) and into some unexpected foods better left on the shelf. Your heart and your health will thank you!

Canned soups

Canned soup can be an easy, quick lunch or dinner when you’re in a hurry. But you’ll slow down quick if you’re sidelined by high blood pressure, which can worsen with sodium intake. Most canned soups contain salt as a flavor enhancer, but at the average rate of 1,700 mg per can, that’s 200 mg beyond the daily recommended dose of sodium for people with high blood pressure.

Soda

The high sugar content of soda is no surprise to most of us. Increased sugar intake and empty calories can pack on the pounds quickly, leading to obesity and even heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends 6 tsp of sugar per day for women and 9 tsp for men to keep obesity at bay. The average soda has 8 tsp, so just one can put you over the edge!

What are some other foods to watch out for? Find out here!

Keeping your heart healthy is a priority for us at Doctors Express Urgent Care Indianapolis. By substituting better foods like homemade soup and tea, you’ll be doing your heart a favor and keeping us from worrying!