Following a Heart-Healthy Diet
By Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center
September 01, 2021
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Heart-Healthy Diet  

We all know how much our diet can affect our health, but is it easy to change your eating habits? The answer is no, it isn’t easy, and it needs an insistence to change your eating habits, but it is surely worth it. Visit your cardiologist in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, Dr. Virginia Gonzalez of Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC regularly to make sure that you’re having a healthy strong heart.

Following a heart-healthy diet can be achieved simply by increasing your daily intake of some food species and decreasing others. Below are a few tips for a healthy diet:

Increase your daily portion of fruits and vegetables:

Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers, and poor in calories. That makes them a great addition to your diet as they will satiate you without being harmful to your heart. They will also prevent many cardiovascular diseases from happening. Try to choose the fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, or those canned with juice or water, not with sugar and heavy syrups.

Add more whole grains to your diet:

They are rich in fibers and healthy nutrients, which will regulate your blood pressure levels and protect your heart. Substitute your refined grain products with whole wheat flour, high fiber cereal, and oatmeal products. Limit your intake of muffins, donuts, cookies, and cakes as they include harmful nutrients.

Modulate your fat intake:

Your daily fat intake will directly affect your blood cholesterol levels. Increasing the intake of olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oils, nuts, and avocado is recommended. Cardiologists in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, recommend you to reduce the intake of butter, lard, bacon fat, coconut oil, and palm kernels oil.

Reduce the salt portion in your diet:

Eating salty foods will lead to elevated blood pressure and heart diseases. It is recommended that you maintain a diet with daily consumption of salt not exceeding one teaspoon. Avoid eating canned or processed foods as they contain large amounts of salt.

Contact us

Contact your cardiologist in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, Dr. Gonzalez of Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC, to learn more about heart-healthy diets. Call us at (318) 338-3540 and book your appointment today.