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Eating for a Healthy Heart

A Heart-Healthy Diet Plan


  • I'm seeing a lot of confusing and conflicting information recently. Especially about how many carbs we should be eating and that heart disease is not caused by eating too much cholesterol. It is caused by inflammation as a result of eating too much sugar...including grains and cereals. I'm not sure if the recommended carbohydrate and fat servings here are really correct for optimum health. - 3/3/2013 9:32:08 PM
  • I read Wheat Belly too - and so had most of my family - and lots of us are going gluten free. It is amazing how many products contain gluten. When I went off wheat, (my naturalpath suggested that and sugar for 6 months) I no longer have bloating after I eat, no more cramping and running to the bathroom, and my doctor says the gut inflamination is gone. I highly reccommend this book. - 2/25/2013 9:04:51 AM
    I recently read "Wheat Belly" and it truly makes sense to me. The author argues that it's not fat and meats that are the problem it is wheat. I suggest anyone interested in another view of how to eat healthy read this book. Whole grains and carbs from wheat products are the true culprits. I began avoiding wheat in my diet and have lost more fat and my cholesterol levels are perfect now. For years we have been told to "eat more whole grain" but, after reading Wheat Belly, I have begun to question that advice. Read it for yourself and get another opinion. - 2/14/2013 1:26:43 PM
  • I liked the article about eating fruits and vegetables maintaining the healthy heart. It is difficult to put the meat down. :) - 2/14/2013 5:56:10 AM
    Sueatkins -- Canola oil comes from the rape(seed) plant -- a member of the cabbage family. Someone changed it (Canada, maybe?) to canola.

    I'm searching for REAL information on such things... how do canola, soy, corn and cottonseed oil compare to red palm oil and olive oil, for instance?

    - 11/4/2012 4:48:57 PM
  • To itsaclaire re how do we manage our salt intake without making everything from scratch? You answered your own question already. And you eat at home instead of at restaurants, unless you find one that will actually make you a salad with nothing added, whether fruit or veggie. Then a little basalmic vinegar on the side, and you have a delicious something out , or at home that really didn't take much time to prepare!! We CAN do this. - 11/1/2012 11:11:45 AM
  • I'd like to know where canola oil comes from. Olive oil comes from olives. Coconut oil comes from coconut flesh. I've never heard of a canola. How DO they get it--express a canna lily? - 11/1/2012 11:08:02 AM
  • There is now a few different guidelines out. For the most part the underlying information is based on most of the facts as I understand them. - 10/31/2012 9:09:50 PM
    I wish there was a way to share this article on Facebook and Twitter directly. Maybe SparkPeople can add those options to all their articles. - 10/31/2012 11:02:56 AM
    Thank you for not pushing alcohol. As a family loaded with alcoholism I have been mortified by the push for alcohol consumption. I would much rather see my loved ones die at older middle age of a heart attack than destroy their lives and the lives of their children with alcohol, and then die early anyway. - 10/31/2012 7:15:20 AM
    I echo PETESIS... We need to keep pushing the word out that it's not meat and fat that leads to heart disease, it's sugar and flour and the like.

    Thanks to MINDHORIZON for some good words of wisdom.

    I joined the anti-happymeal team two years ago. Fries and burgers turned in to greens, cabbage, beets, fruit, nuts, etc. I still eat mass produced meat, but I'm switching over to grass fed little by little.

    - 10/31/2012 3:44:22 AM
  • I think this article is a real load of misinformation.... Same old "heart healthy" advice that has been proven wrong again and again... cholesterol in the diet does not translate into cholesterol in the body. And most all of sugar is an unnatural thing for human beings. The whole concept of what we consider a normal blood sugar level.... (spiking back and forth between meals and fasting) is a scientific disgrace . Todays dieticians are for the most part preaching mistaken information and we are fatter than ever before. - 10/10/2012 7:19:03 AM
  • I'm pretty familiar with the do's and dont's for heart health. The tricky part is putting it all together consistently! - 10/10/2012 5:10:47 AM
  • I'm thinking about grandma's heart today. She needs to be reminded by this article, how to take better care of her heart! - 8/22/2012 10:26:14 PM
  • Low salt is difficult and requires monitoring closely. As I have had a heart attack I am supposed to limite sodium to 1500 mg/ I look very closely at sodium.

    For instance you can generally substitute frozen for canned (less salt but check the labels!) Use salt substitutes (there are lots available and the $1 store has a great one here). Check brands as well...some brands have less salt than others.

    I also shop at the Amish store in town....their Amish made products have less preservatives (if any) and generally less salt.

    This is not impossible, but also I look at the whole week or month. Once or twice a month I go over 2000....and that is pretty reasonable. (The days I cook with Soy Sauce---reduced sodium of course) - 2/25/2012 6:15:51 PM

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