Healthy Eating

A healthy diet can help in the fight against heart disease. Here are some tips for healthy eating:Almonds

  • Choose a variety of nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.
  • Fish can also lower your chance of heart disease and should be eaten at least twice a week.
  • Avoid saturated and trans fats – these can increase your risk for heart disease as well as bad cholesterol levels. Oftentimes, trans fat will be labeled on foods as “hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil/fat.”
  • Limit your sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams a day. Some ways you can do this is to check food labels for low-sodium products, limit the use of salt when seasoning food and avoid processed cheese and cheese spreads.
  • Eat less sugar found in candy, syrup, sugar, jelly and soda.
  • Keep portion size in mind.

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If you have any questions about nutrition and heart health, contact one of Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s dieticians.



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