A heart-healthy diet can help prevent heart disease
Delran, New Jersey, February 1, 2012 – February is National Heart Month and not because of Valentine’s Day. Heart disease is the leading cause of death (more than 17 million in 2008) worldwide. Each year heart disease kills more Americans than cancer does. Changing daily dietary choices can contribute to heart health. Experts at Comfort Keepers of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey recommend five easy dietary choices, and one bonus choice, for promoting heart health.
- Whole grains. Whole grain oatmeal, wheat, rye, or barley—found in many whole grain breads, pasta, and cereals—contain antioxidants, which protect the heart, and fiber, which can lower cholesterol.
- Fish. Salmon and tuna contain Omega 3-fats that have been associated with lowering coronary artery disease. Choosing to eat fish at least two to three times per week is the most beneficial.
- Fruits and Vegetables. Apples, berries, tomatoes, bell peppers, asparagus, broccoli, sweet potatoes and garlic are good sources of Vitamin C, A, E and B, lycopene and fiber. Eating fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors will increase vitamin intake and can boost immunity, decrease inflammation, and fight heart disease.
- Nuts. Walnuts, pecans, almonds and pistachios are excellent sources of heart-healthy monounsaturates, and may reduce inflammation and clot formation.
- Olive Oil. Olive oil in conjunction with other heart healthy foods and in moderation is also a great source of antioxidants and monounsaturated fatty acids that can decrease total cholesterol.
The bonus recommendation is timely for Valentine’s Day: “This year, enjoy a piece of dark chocolate,” suggests Carol McGowan, BSN, RN, general manager, Comfort Keepers. “Dark chocolate is a source of potent antioxidants and can lower blood pressure.”
Keep these health food choices in mind not just during Heart Healthy Month but all year long!
Comfort Keepers is widely recognized as a leading provider of quality in-home care to seniors and other clients who need help with the activities of daily living. Now with 600 franchised offices in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, our goal is to enrich the lives of our clients as we enable them to maintain the highest possible level of independent living in their own home for as long as possible
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