The health of your heart depends on a handful of key factors, including the food you eat. A healthy diet is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems. Changing your diet doesn’t necessarily have to be drastic. Taking small steps today can improve your overall health in the long run.
Dr. McKennan Thurston from Davis Hospital and Medical Center talks more about heart healthy nutrition.
Heart healthy foods to incorporate into your diet
- Low-fat proteins: Fish, lean poultry, beans and lentils, low-fat dairy, egg whites
- Variety of fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains: Whole wheat, oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain barley
- Unsalted nuts and seeds
- Healthy oils: Olive oil, canola oil, walnut oil, grapeseed oil
Limit saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, and sweets. If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Also, if you smoke, quit smoking.
Sodium and the heart
High amounts of sodium in your diet can cause high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Limiting your sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (about 1 teaspoon of salt) per day is ideal, unless your physician recommends otherwise.
Limiting sodium consumption each day
- Eat fewer processed foods
- Pay attention to sodium content on the Nutrition Facts label\Season your food with salt-free seasonings
- Compare different brands
- Remember “low calorie” foods often contain more sodium to enhance flavor
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