July 17, 2010

Eat Fast Food And Stay Heart Healthy!

Posted in Heart disease tips, Helpful Heart Links tagged , , , , , , at 1:00 am by keepyourhearthealthy

photo by Francesco Marino

We all fall into the trap at some point during our lives. You’ve had a really busy day and you just can’t bear the thought of cooking at home.  You’re starving and you feel like you might pass out if you don’t get some food before you drive all the way home.  Just as you think you can’t make it any further, a glorious fast food chain sign shines brightly on the side of the road.  Yes, you know the food is bad for your heart, diet and health but you probably figure that you’ve earned a big, fat meal after a long day.

As you are finishing off the burger and fries with a milkshake, you might start to feel the guilt (and indigestion) settling in.  What a predicament for people with heart disease!  Fast food is so cheap, easy and readily available that we can hardly escape the clutches of McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, Chick-fil-A, KFC, etc.  What can a person with heart disease do in a situation like this??

Thankfully, the American Heart Association has recognized the battle over fast food and created a unique guide to eating at these delectable, yet oh-so-wrong, restaurants.  In fact, they have taken it one step further and spelled out exactly what you should avoid at all types of restaurants.  From Mexican food places to Japanese sushi, this particular American Heart Association webpage will guide you through the worst food choices and help you decide on the healthier options.  Some of their tips include choosing a baked potato instead of fries.  They also recommend marsala or marinara sauce at Italian restaurants instead of alfredo sauce.  Choosing these healthier options can save you hundreds of calories and fat in each restaurant meal.  Certainly, cooking at home can be a healthier way to eat but if you just can’t keep away from the fast food then now you can at least eat with a clearer conscience!  Click on the link below to see the AHA Tips by Cuisine.

Tips by Cuisine

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