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Does diet matter?
A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight heart disease. An important thing to remember is that a consistent effort to improve your overall diet with better choices is what matters the most. Recent studies have shown that 90% of us fail to consistently eat a heart-healthy diet. The result is increased risk factors for not only heart disease, but stroke, obesity and diabetes. Too much food not balanced with physical activity can result in weight gain. Food choices high in saturated and trans fatty acids, cholesterol and added sugar can raise your LDL-cholesterol (sometimes referred to as our lousy cholesterol because it carries fat to cells),triglyceride levels ( fat in the blood stream) and promote heart disease.
How will a change in my food choices affect my health?
Every small change you make to avoid excess calories from too large a portion size, or reduce the amount and frequency of foods that are high in saturated and trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and added sugar helps to reduce your risk. The overall effect of a weight management and improved food choices is lower blood cholesterol levels, better blood pressure and the opportunity to feel good and stay healthy - for life!
What is a heart healthy diet?
The building blocks for good health are found by eating of nutrient-rich foods that have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients important to health. This means foods high in whole grain fiber, lean meat, poultry and fish, fat-free and low-fat dairy products and a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
Examples of nutrient-rich foods include:
What are steps I can take to improve my diet?
Below is a list of many small steps you can take to improve your diet. Some you may already be doing. Consider picking one or two things you are not yet doing as a goal to help you improve your diet. Your dietitian will review the food label with you. This is a very helpful tool to use when making selections at the grocery store.
Foods to Increase
Foods to Reduce
Last Updated: 7/19/2011