Changing Your Diet for Better Heart Health


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Recently, you celebrated a milestone birthday. After enjoying a birthday party with some of your closest friends and family members, you started worrying about your health, particularly your heart health. After all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every four Americans die of heart disease. Because you’re getting older, you want to begin doing everything in your power to maintain your good health for as long as possible. If you can relate to this scenario, consider changing your diet for better heart health. 

Slash Sodium Intake 

Excessive salt consumption can contribute to the development of high blood pressure. Unfortunately, suffering from high blood pressure increases your risk for acquiring heart disease. To improve your heart health, decrease the amount of salt you add to your dishes when cooking meals at home. Also, resist the urge to sprinkle extra salt on your food at the dinner table. Be wary of consuming sodium laden, processed foods. Opt for real, fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats instead. Whenever you do purchased processed, food items, select produces labeled as low-sodium or sodium-free.

 

Embrace Low-Fat Sources of Protein

When shopping for sources of protein at the grocery store, look for low-fat options that won’t negatively affect your cholesterol levels. Low-fat dairy products, poultry, and fish are good choices. Some types of fish are loaded with heart beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming foods containing these acids can decrease triglyceride levels. The fish with the highest omega-3 fatty acid concentrations are:

  • Salmon
  • Herring
  • Mackerel 

Other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids include: 

  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Soybeans 

Indulge in Colorful Fruits and Vegetables 

Fruits and vegetables contain substances present in plants that may decrease your likelihood of developing heart disease. These delicious, real foods are also high in filling, dietary fiber. Therefore, increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables might decrease your consumption of fat laden foods such as cheese and processed, snack foods.

Certainly, a correlation between diet and heart health exists. If you want to improve your heart health, adopting a healthy diet is a great place to start.

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