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Heart Smart Living
Heart Smart Living

Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.

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Just Say "No Bueno" to Taco Bell's New Breakfast

Without a doubt, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. People who eat breakfast tend to have a more optimistic outlook, and they consistently score higher on tests of memory, attention span, and physical endurance. In general, breakfast eaters are more likely to achieve their ideal body weight. However, what you choose to eat for breakfast really matters. Combine whole grains with lean protein and a serving or two of fruit and you’ve got yourself a good morning. But choose a typical fast food breakfast loaded with simple carbs and saturated fats, and you’re more apt to find yourself sluggish and heavy-lidded by 10 am.

Although seriously salted eggs, bacon, hash browns and white bread are standard fare, some fast food restaurants have half-heartedly tried to remake their image, offering healthier options such as oatmeal and fruit cups, while hanging on to their artery-clogging mainstays. Taco Bell, on the other hand, appears to be reveling in its grease-smeared reputation as it introduces its latest cardiac cripplers, the AM  Crunchwrap and Mountain Dew AM. A white flour tortilla wrapped around eggs, bacon or sausage, cheese, and hashbrowns, the AM Crunchwrap delivers an estimated 680-730 calories. While details of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium content have not yet been released, it’s a good bet that the numbers are astronomical. Mountain Dew AM is a sticky sweet combo of Mountain Dew soda and orange juice. Sixteen ounces of the drink serves up 160 calories with minimal nutritional value.

Why do fast food corporations persist in offering toxic meals that poison our hearts and brains, and lead to diabetes and other chronic diseases? It’s not that healthy food is so much more complicated or expensive. The simple truth is that people buy the bad stuff, and that’s what makes the big bucks. It doesn’t have to be this way. Our bodies are truly miraculous, and our health is the most precious commodity we own. Treat your health, and the health of those you love, with care and respect. Big business won’t do it for you.


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Tags: Diet and Heart Health

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Dr. Samaan is an acclaimed cardiologist, writer, and heart health educator.