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Eating For A Healthy Heart
March 7, 2010, 2:46 pm
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Eating For A Healthy Heart

Bad cholesterol or a bad diet is something we all experience at some point in time.  It’s impossible to eat healthy every day in our whole lives, even though we may try hard to do it.  At the same time eating healthy for your heart is something everyone should try his/her utmost as much as possible , especially when it comes to restoring health and reducing the risk in experiencing a heart attack. Of course I also understand that a nice piece of pie with whipped cream can be irresistible at times. You have to live right!  Balance is the key.

Your heart and food

We know these things for sure – a diet high in saturated fats will help raise your cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease.  People that are obese are more prone to heart disease.  A diet high in sodium may elevate your blood pressure,  leading to inflammation and could even result in heart disease.

To help prevent heart disease and improve your health, put the tips below to good use.

1. Eat plenty of fish

Herring, sardines, and salmon are all excellent sources
of Omega 3 essential fatty acids.  Other fish are great
to, although Omega 3 may help to get your cholesterol
down to a healthier level.

2. Choosing healthy fats and oils

Saturated fat will increase the risk of heart disease.
It’s found in meat, butter, and even coconut oil.  You
should avoid them until your cholesterol levels are
down and you are at a healthy weight.  Even those
that love red meats can enjoy seafood and nuts for
their main sources of protein.

Monounsaturated fats such as olive oils will help
you to protect your heart.  Olive oil is an ideal
choice for cooking, dressing, or even as a dipping

3.Plenty of fiber

Fiber can help you control your cholesterol.  You
can find fiber in whole grain products to help
control sugar absorption as well, which will help
you keep your digestive system healthy.

4.Choosing carbohydrates

Eating for your heart involves staying away from
sugary foods such as candy, cookies, cakes, and
pastries.  Eating a lot of sugar isn’t good for
your heart disease at all.  Healthy carbohydrates
involve whole grain breads, whole grain pasta, brown
rice, and a lot of vegetables.  You should make
fruits and vegetables the main aspect of your diet.

5.Healthy cooking methods

Stir frying and sauteing with olive oil, coconut oil
or canola oil and are great methods, as you shouldn’t
dip your food in batter and fry it anymore.  If you
cook chicken, remove the skin and bake it in the
oven in foil.

Instead of frying your fish you should always bake
it.  Steaming your vegetables can help maintain the
most nutrients.  You should use cream sauces or lots
of butter anymore either.  When you eat vegetables,
try squeezing lemon juice on them or using your
favorite seasonings.

As you make the proper changes to your diet, keep in
mind that it takes time for them to become habits.
Eating healthy is always great for your body and your
lifestyle, especially when it comes to your heart and
the prevention of heart disease.