Medical Minute

The Importance of a Heart Healthy Diet

Date: 02/03/2020

A heart-healthy diet incorporates a variety of foods that are generally low in fat, low in salt, and contains plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat dairy.

  • It's also important to pay attention to portion sizes and drink plenty of water.

  • Focus on moderate intake of health fats like mono and poly unsaturated fats in olive oil and vegetable oils. Try to stay away from saturated fats and trans fats that we find in many animal products.

  • Fruits and vegetables can lower cholesterol, slow our digestion, improve blood glucose levels, and they contain lots of fiber.

  • For protein, stick with lean cuts of meat and maybe look to alternive sources like black beans, lentils or fish.

  • Consume no more than 2300 milligrams of sodium per day. That's about one teaspoonful.