Top Food Felons

February 24, 2011 Updated Feb 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM EDT

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February 24, 2011 Updated Feb 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) If foods could be considered criminals, these four would top the "most wanted" list.

What are they? Trans fats, saturated fats, sugar and sodium.
Nutritionists say trans fats bring up your bad cholesterol levels. Saturated fats, like the white fat on beef, whole milk, or palm oil are also bad for the heart.

Added sugars, found in bakery items, even the sugar you put
in your coffee can increase inflammation in our bodies, and a high sodium diet can cause blood pressure to jump to dangerous levels.

On the flip side, increasing the amount of whole grains in your diet has been associated with a lower risk for heart disease.

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