Give these Junk Food Faves a Healthy Makeover

There are three high-calorie, high-fat meals men seem to crave. But you don't have to deprive yourself of these meals—as long as they get these healthy makeovers.

The absolute worst junk food offender is pizza. Cheese and pizza are the top sources of artery-clogging saturated fat in the American diet.

To lighten it, skip the extra cheese. And top that pie with veggies instead of pepperoni and sausage.

Another offender is the submarine sandwich. This monster sandwich supplies up to 6 servings of white bread and a quarter-pound of processed meats.

Eating just one serving of deli meat daily—that’s one to two slices—means a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease.

Turn this into a heart hero by using whole-grain bread and roasted turkey or chicken breast.

Finally, there's drive-thru fast food. It's loaded with saturated fat, trans-fat, and sodium that clogs your arteries and boosts your blood pressure.

If you must hit the drive-thru, order the grilled chicken sandwich and hold the fries. And add fruit instead.

Medically reviewed in December 2019.

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