When the coronary artery is completely blocked, either by fatty deposits or by blood clotting, the heart will be hungry for oxygen and its cells will begin to die; this is known as a heart attack. The longer that blood flow to the heart is interrupted, the more the heart will be damaged. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) stated that unsweetened coffee was linked to reducing a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
People with type 2 diabetes are prone to high blood sugar levels, which means too much sugar floats in the bloodstream.
Excess sugar is an irritant to the arteries, thus causing damage to them.
Some people, however, may be particularly sensitive to coffee, meaning they don’t have to drink any amount that leads to heart palpitations.
Those affected by coffee in this way can benefit from switching to a decaffeinated version.
“Graduate women are advised to limit the amount of caffeine they have to 200 milligrams (mg) per day,” noted the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
To ensure that the drink is as healthy as possible, those who drink theirs with milk are encouraged to use low-fat, semi-skimmed or one-percent skimmed milk.
While coffee is regarded as the best drink to help reduce your risk of a heart attack, water tops the charts.
“Hydrated, cheap and sugar-free: water is the best choice to drink during the day,” the BHF added.
People should also be careful about their salt intake, which would otherwise raise your blood pressure.
Salty foods that may surprise you include:
- Grain grains
- Salted and dried roasted nuts
- Salt fish
- Smoked meat and fish
- I’m a willow
- Stock cubes
- Yeast extract.
The health body’s advice is to “eat them less often and have smaller amounts”.
Also try to choose the lowest salt options when it comes to:
- Bread products such as croquettes, pastries and ciabatta
- Willow paste
- Prepared meals
- Tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and other sauces
- Breakfast cereals.