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One of our Cardiologists and co-founder of LabFinder, Robert Segal, MD, was interviewed on Aaptive Magazine to discuss the worst foods for your heart. 

He’s quoted as saying:

This is even more so the case when saturated fats are combined with carbohydrates, notes NYC-based cardiologist Robert Segal, M.D., co-founder of LabFinder.com. “Fast-food restaurants often use low-quality ingredients that, coupled with the high saturated-fat content found in animal meats, is catastrophic to your health,” he says. If you’re really craving a burger, he suggests making your own.

Yes, even vegetables can escape the “healthy” label if they’re deep-fried. “The usual way that we deep-fry creates trans fat, which increases bad cholesterol levels in the body and decreases the good cholesterol,” Dr. Segal says. “When cooking at home, try to use olive oil for frying. Avoid anything deep-fried.”

Bouillon cubes (stock cubes that create broth), whether chicken, beef, or vegetable, are filled with monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG. “This flavor enhancer tells the body to pump insulin. With regular consumption, that can lead to weight gain. We now know [this] is really not good for our hearts,” Dr. Segal says. Instead, he suggests making your own stock or broth. This will naturally be MSG-free and won’t contain harmful additives.

View the original piece placement on Aaptive Magazine.