Eat Healthy to Help Prevent Heart Disease
You can lower your chances of getting heart disease by eating healthy. For a healthy heart, eat:
Eat less fat
Some fats are more likely to cause heart disease. 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. To learn more visit the fiber article.
Diet Tips for a Healthy Heart
Read the Food Label
The food label can help you eat less fat and sodium, fewer calories and more fiber.
Look for certain words on food labels. The words can help you spot foods that may help reduce your chances of getting heart disease.
Words to Look For:
Read the Food Label
Look at the side or back of the package. Here, you will find "Nutrition Facts." Look for these words:
Look at the %Daily Value listed next to each term. If it is 5% or less for fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, the food is low in these nutrients. That's good. It means the food fits in with a diet that is heart healthy and may help reduce your chance of developing heart disease.For additional information visit:
Last Editorial Review: 8/25/1999 8:08:00 PM
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