Food Intake and Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year.

An unhealthy diet is one of the most important behavioral risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Foods associated with the increased risk of CVDs:

Red and processed meat, trans fat, refined carbohydrates, foods and beverages with added sugars and large amounts of salt (sodium)

Foods associated with a decreased risk of CVDs:

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish and vegetable oils

Maintaining a healthy weight is also important to prevent the risk of CVDs.