Nutrition with Kristin
Love Your Heart
Appetizers can be healthy!
February has since passed, but it is widely known as the “month of love,” so I felt compelled to talk about how you can show your heart some love by eating in a way that protects it.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America- yes, scary but true. Roughly 29% of the population has some form of cardiovascular disease which is a staggering statistic; however, the good news is many of these deaths and risk factors are preventable with good food choices and regular physical activity. What are some ways to create a positive impact on your heart’s health through diet?
Increase your fiber intake: What’s fiber? Fiber is the part of the plant that is not digested or absorbed into the body. It helps the body gather and eliminate cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance created and used by our bodies. High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Soluble fiber has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol by helping the body collect and dispose of it through the normal digestive process. Excellent sources of fiber include: whole grain breads and pastas, oat/oat bran, beans, barley, brown rice, and fruits and vegetables. For an item to be considered a whole grain, look at the ingredients and the first ingredient should be “whole grain” or “whole wheat”. Shoot for 3 grams of fiber per serving (the recommended daily amount of fiber is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men).
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