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Health Minute: Five Food Felons

When it comes to eating there are good guys and bad buys.
CNN - When it comes to eating there are good guys and bad buys.  So take this advice. 

One is to eat the right portion size, two is to eat a variety of foods, and three is avoid the five food felons. Never heard of the five food felons? Well, first on the list is saturated fat which you find in things like fatty meats and foods containing palm or coconut oil. 

Dr. Roizen: "We're eating many more of the foods that have saturated fat in them and that then causes us to have the start of atherosclerosis," says Dr. Michael Roizen with the Cleveland Clinic.

Atherosclerosis is the narrowing of our blood vessels, putting us at higher risk for heart attack and stroke.

"The second one is avoid transfat, it's a poison," says Dr. Roizen.

Transfats not only raise our bad cholesterol, but they lower our good.  You find them in some margarines and in commercially baked good such as cookies and cakes. 

The other three food felons all have something in common. 

"You want to avoid simple sugars, added syrups, and any grain that isn't 100% whole grain," says Dr. Roizen.

That's because they can all cause unhealthy spikes and then dips in our blood sugar which may increase our risk for diabetes. 

"You want no more than four grams of sugar per hour," says Dr. Roizen.

That would equal about a third of a teaspoon. 

The best way to put the cuff on the five  food felons is to go for the good guys: Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat proteins. 
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