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Are You Following the Right Diet for Your Heart?

admin - February 16, 2015


When it comes to taking care of your cardiovascular health, make sure your heart is in the right place.
More than fifty percent of Americans have dieted within the past year in an effort to improve their overall hear health, but are those diets doing the best they can for your heart? The only diet that has been proven to improve cardiovascular health is the Mediterranean diet, but very few people have adopted this method.

So why aren’t more people following this? Unhealthy choices that we make are from all of the confusing “fad” diets that exist, and the convenience of unhealthy foods.

Confusion About Dieting

There are plenty of diets that all say different messaging. Some focus on cutting out carbs, while others insist that fat is the unhealthy aspect in our diets.

However, not all fat is bad fat. Olive oil, which is high in monounsaturated fat, is a staple in the Mediterranean diet.

The PREDIMED study found that for people at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events by 30 percent.

Convenience Foods Make Heart Health Inconvenient

While we may want to follow a heart healthy diet, we often stray from our diet for convenience reasons. Whether it’s grabbing something on the run, or making a quick visit to the vending machine at work, unhealthy foods are all around us.

Change Your Diet

After you cut through the clutter, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Finding ways to substitute healthier, Mediterranean style foods for unhealthier ones is actually very easy to do. A Mediterranean diet consists of vegetables, fish, fruit, nuts, olive oil, lesser amounts of meat, and moderate wine consumption as well as consumption of whole grains. Repeatedly this combination of foods has shown to protect the heart and arteries.


6 Comments so far
  1. Andy - March 2, 2015 at 10:28 am

    We’ve got to stop seeing “diet” as a word that means a rapid short-term solution to lose weight but rather as a word that means the long term “palate” (pun intended!) of ALL the foods we regularly eat.

  2. Bonnie Vernon - March 2, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Not that familiar with the Mediterranean Diet.

  3. Nan - March 2, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    i make healthy selections every single day, and exercise x 3 weekly. i am committed to my health and realize that i have a predisposition to stroke b/c both of my parents died of such. mother/embolic, and father/hemorrhagic. enough to scare anyone into taking nothing for granted.

  4. Jann Muller - March 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    No I need help because I really need to lose weight.

  5. vickie perry - March 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    This Mediterranean Diet looks good but, I need something that has no alcohol.

  6. Gloria Vaughn - March 2, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Ihave tried several times -I coud actually suceed but my spouse always has to have meats as he is used to southern cooking -I am not. I could actually be a vegaterian. I was raised eating home grown veggies from our garden. I do try to make my own better choices and feel better and good for that.

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