What’s a heart healthy diet?
|How to Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet
Reprinted with permission from THE PRESCRIBER’S LETTER
|Eating a heart-healthy diet can lower your risk of problems like heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. Use the following tips as a guide for a heart-healthy diet. Remember not to get discouraged if you indulge in a favorite once in a while.
LIMIT your intake of:
Some heart-healthy diets include DASH, Mediterranean, American Heart Association (AHA), and USDA Choose My Plate. Pick one you can stay with long-term.
Reducing the sodium (salt) you eat can help keep your heart healthy by lowering your blood pressure. In fact, if you have high blood pressure, reducing your salt by about one-half teaspoon per day can drop your blood pressure by about two points.
Aim for no more than about 2400 mg of sodium, or one teaspoon of table salt, per day. A teaspoon of sea salt has a little less sodium, and a teaspoon of kosher salt has about half as much. Surprisingly, most salt in your diet doesn’t come from the shaker. Use these tips to cut back on sodium:
There are “apps” for your smartphone that track what you eat. Here are some examples:
More strategies to keep your heart healthy include:
Making these changes can be tough. Try tackling one at a time for the best success.