Category: Diet

Best Foods for Avoiding a Heart Attack

Published:18 Feb, 2017     By: Salan Khalkho     3 min read

Foods play a great role in determining your overall heart health. When you eat heart healthy food, you reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke by almost 80%. Having a good understanding of food can help you lower your cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease and have a greater control over your quality and length of life.


heart health foods

Weight control and exercises are critical to keeping your heart in good shape. There is an age old saying - eat well, live long. This is especially true when talking in terms of heart health. Foods play a great role in determining your overall heart health.

When you eat heart healthy food, you reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke by almost 80%. Having a good understanding of food can help you lower your cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease and have a greater control over your quality and length of life.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death

Heart disease is a leading cause of death each year among Americans. According to the American Heart Association, every second, one out of 39 people die out of heart disease. Besides your lifestyle choices, foods that you eat also play a big role on your heart health.

There are great number of studies that have shown that abundant consumption of plant based food is associated with reduced risk of coronary disorder. Few heart healthy foods act as a medicine for your blood vesicles and are effective to prevent or even reverse heart disease. These foods that help you keep your heart healthy also help you from gaining weight, prevent high blood pressure and reduce your risk of diabetes.

  • Include plenty of fruits and vegetable in your diet.
  • Include plenty of starchy foods like rice, bread, pasta, potatoes. Prefer wholegrain varieties where ever possible.
  • Take milk and dairy products in moderation (watch out for their fat content). You can also opt for low-fat or fat-free verities of dairy products.
  • Go for lean meats, eggs, fish, beans, and other non dairy sources of protein.
  • Restrict yourself to only small quantities of foods and drinks high in fat and sugar.

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables

Well balanced diet is good for your optimum hearth health. You should aim for at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Bring variety to fruits and vegetables that you eat. Always prefer fresh fruits and vegetables over tinned or packaged since they will have added sugar content. Frozen and pure unsweetened fruit juices are also good option.

    healthy-fats

    Fats

    Right type of fat intake is important to have your heart health.

    • Avoid saturated fats. Replace them with small quantities of mono and polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats can increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease besides increasing the level of cholesterol in your blood.
    • Cut down on foods that contain trans fats. Trans fats can raise the amount of cholesterol in your blood.
    • Remember that all fats and oils are high in calories, this means even unsaturated fats should be avoided or taken in very small quantities.

    salt

    Salt

    Eating too much of salt is a sure recipe to increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. High blood pressure consequently raises the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

      habitual drinker

      Alcohol

      If you are habitual drinker, keep your daily limits within recommended guidelines. This applies even if you drink once a week, month or once a year.



      Important Note: Medical and health related information given in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. This article is intended for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment.



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