March 2011 | Newsletter archives
Nutrition Tips by Samantha F. Grant, C.N.
Be heart healthy
For years, heart disease was thought to only affect men, but the fact is heart disease can affect women of any age. That’s why it’s important to start now to keep yourself heart healthy.
It can begin by eating a heart healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, lean meat, fish or skinless chicken, fat-free, 1 percent fat or low-fat dairy products, foods broiled, baked, grilled, steamed or poached, and foods low in saturated and trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and added processed sugars.
When foods are processed, as when making flour or noodles, we lose up to 90 percent of the most heart healthy vitamins. We degrade proteins by frying and cooking with high heat. Science shows that a heart healthy diet is one with relatively unprocessed foods. It also helps to add a multi-vitamin pill to your diet, one that vitamins B6, B12, folic acids.
While diet and regular exercise are also critical for keeping your heart in shape, the food you eat matters just as much. Experts say that eating a heart-healthy diet can reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke by 80%. With heart disease still the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, this is important – and heartening – news.
By understanding how your food choices impact the health of your heart, you may be able to prevent or manage heart disease and high blood pressure. Learn which foods and methods of cooking are healthiest for your heart, and you can take greater control over the quality and length of your life.
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