Coronary heart disease is often caused by fatty deposits building up on the walls of arteries around the organ. Therefore, a diet full of fatty foods can put you at greater risk. Sugar can also cause fatty deposits as it raises the production of “bad” cholesterol, and lowers “good cholesterol” in the blood.
Helen Flaherty, head of health promotion and education at Heart Research UK, explained: “A diet that contains too many products that are high in energy, fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt can put you at an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease.
“There is a link between obesity and heart disease and it is well known that rates of child and adult obesity are high in the UK.”