December 6, 2010

Healthy Food Mistakes

Posted in Heart disease tips tagged , , , , at 6:58 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

 

photo by posterize

You may think that you are eating a very healthy diet but the rules seem to change every decade.

For instance, do you know how much total sugar you should take in daily?  Also, should you always avoid eating eggs?  Read the following article to learn some of the most up to date health food tips:

6 Food Mistakes Even Healthy Eaters Make Fitbie.

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

March 31, 2010

Another New Study Says Dark Chocolate Good For Heart

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 3:07 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

A German study soon to be released in the European Heart Journal says that people who eat approximately one square of a dark chocolate bar a day are at lower risk of heart attack and stroke.  This large study followed almost 20,000 people who had no prior history of heart disease over an 8-year period.  The researchers reported a 39% lower risk of myocardial infarction and stroke in the participants who ate 6 grams of dark chocolate per day.

Other studies have shown that dark chocolate is beneficial for the heart and blood pressure.  Many physicians will likely still hesitate to promote eating such an indulgent treat everyday though.  The risk is that someone will eat too much and gain unhealthy weight.  My personal advice is to consume treats in moderation.  If you can eat only ONE square of dark chocolate a day then go ahead and enjoy!