Foods like canned vegetables, packed juices or carbonated beverages and fried foods or chips are known to be unhealthy for the heart. However, there are a few foods that are healthy for the heart, but not when you have an underlying health condition other than heart disease. Dr Nilesh Gautam, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Head of Department of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at the Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai lists a few of them.
Raisins, cashews and pistas: We all know that nuts are good for the heart but not all. Except walnuts and almonds, other nuts and dry fruits like cashews, raisins and pistas are high in calories which add to your caloric intake. So avoid snacking on these nuts if you are obese and fighting a heart disease.
Eggs: Yes, eggs are undoubtedly a rich source of protein and a healthy breakfast option. However, if you have heart disease and have a high cholesterol problem, then it is wise to avoid eggs, especially egg yolk. Although it contains essential vitamins and minerals, egg yolk is loaded with cholesterol.
Dals, pulses and red meat: A rich source of proteins, these foods are undoubtedly good for health and even the heart but only if you do not suffer from gout. It is a condition which causes accumulation of uric acid crystals, a by-product or protein breakdown, thereby worsening your condition and also making it difficult to deal with heart problem.
Coconut products, banana and papaya: It goes without saying that you have to be extra careful about your diet if you are diabetic and more so, if you have heart disease as well. So, if you have diabetes and heart disease, avoid potassium-rich foods as it might hinder with heart beat and further increase your risk.
Butter and ghee: Unlike paneer which is less in fat content and also packed with nutrients, butter, cheese, ghee and oil are a strict no-no for people with heart disease. The only milk and milk products you can have are those that do not contain fat (skimmed milk) as it lowers your chances of cholesterol and intake of fat, if you have any risk factors like obesity or diabetes.