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Eating for a Healthy Heart

A Heart-Healthy Diet Plan


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  • I am surprised that grape juice wasn't mentioned, as recently studies have shown it is actually better than wine for your heart!
  • Frozen vegetables can be a source of salt too, because some companies soak theirs in brine before they freeze it. Check the ingredient list, check the sodium on the label, be sure it's what you want before you buy it. I like T.J. Farms frozen vegetables, because they don't package their vegetables with any added sodium.
  • I am a 61 yrs old Phiadelphian. On March 2009, I was diagnosed with "Conjestive Heart failure". I'll never forget how tired I was the week before I was rushed to the hospital for breathing problems, and swollen ankles.
    This article is right about the fruits & veggies. Fish is good too. I have changed my diet dramatically since last year, but I had been eatin & exercisin all along. It was the stress that actually added to the heart trouble, so be careful not to get too stressed. You need to do more than just eat right & exercise, especially if you're over 50. Feel free to add me as your friend, so we can communicate.
  • chocolate, it has to be 72% or higher dark chocolate to get the nutrients noted in article
  • I just turned 61 and have had a very bad time the last several years. I am now committed to surviving and surviving well. Bad heart disease, stents, metabolic syndrome, depression. I even went off medication (very dumb!) but now have a dr's appt and plan to change my life. Used to think I couldn't do it and was a loser. I really think I have the right place to be in my journey now. With all the contradictory info on food and supplements it is very difficult to figure things out. So my start is plodding but seeing the kind of conversations above helps. Thank you, everyone!
  • My mom is in her early 60s and already has heart disease. She's been complaining of the symptoms for over 5 years so that put her at 50s for heart disease. I have read enough now knowing my chances of getting it just went up due to that factor. I am doing everything I possibly can to reduce my risks and to keep a healthy heart. I have a young son I plan on watching and help guide in his journey of growing up. Thanks to SparkPeople I am doing what I can for myself and now my family to ingrain healthier habits and reduce everyone's overall risks.
  • Your article recommends fish, which is generally a good choice IF it is wild-caught. Unfortunately, farm-raised fish may not provide the same benefits. This is because farm-raised fish are fed grain-based feed, which alters the omega-3/omega-6 balance of the fats and skews them detrimentally. Consequently, farm-raised fish is NOT high in omega-3 fat, as are their wild-caught counterparts. A similar thing happens in other animal protein sources. Beef is notoriously known for bad fats. This is actually not the case for grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef has a much lower fat content overall and is actually a good source of omega-3 fat. The problem is not with the animals--it's with what we feed them! By the way, feeding US grains has similar results.
    Hi DELRIA59. I have had 4 heart attacks & a quadruple bypass. After the 1st 2, I didn't do much in the way of changing m eating, hence the 3 rd heart attack, and this past summer, I really enjoyed my beer, hence the 4th heart attack and congestive heart failure! My main changes now are trying to stay low sodium and staying away from saturated fat. Which basically means, no processed food and no fast food. I now eat a lot more fruit and vegetables and chicken. I think we can have mostly what we want, but we have to practice moderation and common sense. Something I obviously didn't do. Spark people has lots of good recipies as does the American Heart Association & Mayo Clinics web site. Good luck and stay strong...Alan
  • I want help from anyone who has had a heart attack and has changed thier eating habits. Please help
    Thanks, SGEONEW5, for adding your comments about fresh and frozen produce. I think you're on target. Oftentimes, frozen produce does contain higher levels of nutrients than fresh.
  • I can't tell you how much I appreciate the fantastic articles and blogs you post on nutrition. It would take me a lifetime to find all of this wonderful information from a million different places..that is..if I took the time to even search it all out. On SparkPeople it is right at my fingertips! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
  • Great artical! I never consumed Wine before 2 years ago My OB/Gyn suggested a glass of wine at night it took me awhile to aquire the taste but now I enjoy my nightly glass. Not to mention the antioxitants our bodies need. I just make sure I have saved the room to the calories in my daily plan.
    Thanks for the great article....... this is the best website ever. I look forward to reading my 3 articles every morning.
  • I have a strong family history of heart disease, and really need to practice a lifestyle of prevention. Before starting SP, I got zero regular exercise, I was inconsistent with including healthy foods and supplements, and my fast food habit was so outta control that my total cholesterol had shot up over 300! I'm proud to say that now I'm doing MANY, almost all of those tips you recommended. SP has really helped me ease into new healthy habits and stay on track. Thanks, SP, for all your help.
  • Fresh might not be fresh, unless it's from a Farmers Market. Frozen veggies are flash frozen, and consistently hold the nutrients. Fresh produce deteriorates rapidly.

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