What you eat is important to your heart health.
The most important change is to limit the fats you
eat, but not all fats are equal. Some fats are better
for you than others.
health and can increase cholesterol levels. Saturated
fats are mostly found in animal foods and palm and
coconut oils. These fats are hard at room
temperature. Trans fats come mostly from vegetable
oils that have been made solid through
fats are hard margarine, shortening, commercial
baked goods and processed snack foods. It is very
important to eat less saturated fats and trans fats.
cholesterol levels when substituted for saturated fats.
Nuts, seeds, and olive and canola oils are high in
monounsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats are
found mainly in plant products such as safflower,
sunflower, corn and soybean oils. Choose
unsaturated fats, but be careful not to have too much.
factors. Dietary cholesterol is found in animal foods
only, including meats, poultry, fish and dairy
products. It is important to reduce cholesterol in
your diet by limiting high cholesterol foods like eggs
and organ meats, but the most important factor in
Fat is found in almost all foods, but in different
amounts. It is recommended that
men eat about 50-70g of fat/day and women eat
about 40-60g fat/day, depending on how many
calories you need each day. Look at the following
chart to see where fats are found in foods.
Even a small change in fat intake can make a difference when
you consider that 1 tbsp of fat =14g of fat =125calories
=25minutes of walking.
cholesterol, and improves your heart health. Be
active every day. Start slowly and gradually
work your way up.Check with your doctor
will lose weight - all calories count! If you eat
more food than you need you may have
difficulty achieving a healthy weight. The key is
to eat a variety of foods and keep active every
day. Try following the Six Steps to Heart
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