Heart Disease Nutrition Tips

Trusted Advice from Our Caregiver Agency

Healthy eating is not a diet; it is a lifestyle. Generally speaking, this means choosing a healthy amount of calories and nutritious, supportive foods to eat most or all of the time.

Those “who have heart disease or are at risk for heart disease find that watching the amount and kinds of fat they eat can help control their blood cholesterol levels,” according to “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”

The American Heart Association recommends:

  • Eating lean meats and poultry prepared without added saturated fats and trans fat
  • Eating fish twice a week, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as wild caught salmon or sardines)
  • Reducing intake of beverages with added sugars, such as sodas and juice
  • Reducing salt intake, with an aim to eat no more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day (about 1 ¼ teaspoons).

A simple way to eat healthily is to select foods that are close to their original state and avoid processed foods. For example, a baked potato with skin instead of French fries. Also consider colour, because a healthy diet should have a rainbow of colours from many vegetables and fruits. Get grocery shopping tips from the American Heart Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, such as advice on reading nutrition labels and shopping on a budget.

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