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UF/IFAS Expert: Eat Fresh Food For A Healthy Heart


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Fresh food is your friend, and sodium and cholesterol your perpetual enemies in maintaining a healthy heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Every year, heart disease causes one in four deaths, the HHS says. As we enter February, which is American Heart Month, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences nutrition expert gives several suggestions to help you keep your heart pumping blood as it should.

“Heart health is extremely important to our bodies,” said Laura Acosta, a UF/IFAS lecturer in dietetics in food science and human nutrition. “The heart pumps blood to our entire body. So keeping our heart healthy and strong is essential. Heart health doesn’t just refer to the heart itself, but also the whole vascular system.”

To try to avoid high blood pressure, you’ll want to avoid sodium as much as possible, Acosta said.

“To try to decrease the amount of sodium in your diet, you’ll want to decrease the amount of processed food you eat,” Acosta said. “It’s amazing when it goes from its original form to its processed form, how much sodium is typically added.”

“So, when you think about canned food, those TV dinner-type foods, anything that’s packaged and processed, a lot of times, there will be a decent amount of sodium in those,” she said. “So really just try to stick with your fresh, minimally processed food – fruits and vegetables are a great way to start.”

In addition to high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels can lead to an unhealthy heart. Nearly one in three American adults has high blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High blood cholesterol can be hard to detect, as it often shows no signs or symptoms.

Acosta distinguishes between dietary and blood cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol involves the foods we eat, while blood cholesterol refers to how much cholesterol we have in our bodies.

To reduce cholesterol, particularly the LDL – the bad kind – decrease saturated fats and increase your Omega 3 fats, monounsaturated fats and dietary fiber, Acosta said.

Acosta stresses eating in moderation those foods and beverages that are high in saturated fats, including red meat and whole milk, she said.

For more information about maintaining a healthy heart, visit here, or, to learn more about keeping your blood pressure down, click on this UF/IFAS Extension document.

Source:University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Photo Credit: Courtesy, Getty Images




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