It’s not just about eating the right foods. Maintaining a healthy diet is about knowing which foods you need to avoid.
Limiting the amount of saturated fat you eat helps reduce blood cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart attack. Avoid butter, lard, cream, peanut butter and coconut. Choose instead low-fat margarine, olive oil and avocados.
Having too much salt in your diet is bad for cardiovascular health. Extra sodium raises blood pressure which makes your heart work much harder than it should. A surprising amount of pre-packaged food has a high salt content.
Canned foods, condiments (ketchup and mayonnaise), salty snacks and takeaway meals should not be in the cardiac diet.
This is the bad news for most of us! A sugar rich diet causes weight gain and problems with blood sugar levels. These contribute to a greater risk of heart attack. Cookies, cakes, candy, waffles and soft drinks should be cut out. Fruit contains natural sugars so avoid juices with added sugar.
So, ditch the junk food and start introducing the cardiac diet to maintain a healthy heart and help prolong life.
Here at Haym Salomon Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Brooklyn, our meals are prepared to ensure the continued health and well-being of our residents. Including those who follow the cardiac diet.