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Nutrition Advices

Eating for a Healthy Heart
Eat Healthy to Help Prevent Heart Disease
What kills Americans most? Heart disease. It’s the No.1 cause of death in this country.
You can lower your chances of getting heart disease. One way is to choose
foods carefully. For a healthy heart, eat:

  • less fat
  • less sodium
  • fewer calories
  • more fiber

Eat less FAT

Some fats are more likely to cause heart disease—saturated fats and trans fats. These fats are usually found in foods from animals, such as meat, milk, cheese, and butter. They also are found in foods with palm and coconut oils. Eat less of these foods.

Eat less SODIUM

Eating less sodium can help lower some people’s blood pressure. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Sodium is something we need in our diets, but most of us eat too much of it. Much of the sodium we eat comes from salt we add to our food at the table or that food companies add to their foods. So, avoid adding salt to foods at the table.

Eat fewer CALORIES

When we eat more calories than we need, we gain weight. Being overweight can cause heart disease. When we eat fewer calories than we need, we lose weight.

Eat more FIBER

Eating fiber from fruits, vegetables, and grains may help lower your chances of getting heart disease.

Diet Tips for a Healthy Heart

Eat a diet low in saturated fat, especially animal fats and palm and coconut oils.
Add foods to your diet that are high in monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil, and seafood.
Eat foods containing polyunsaturated fats found in plants and seafood.
Sunflower oil and corn oil are high in polyunsaturated fats.
Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium.
Maintain or improve your weight.
Eat plenty of grain products, fruits, and vegetables