Diet and Nutrition
Healthy eating habits can help you decrease your risk for heart disease.
Making healthy food selections can reduce high blood pressure, excess
body weight, and high blood cholesterol, which are all major risk factors
for a heart attack. Experts say it can take six months to change one old
habit for a healthier one, so make gradual changes.
Healthy eating tips:
- Choose lean cuts of meat, trim visible fat, and include more fish and skinless
poultry in your diet.
- Grill or broil instead of frying.
- Use nonstick pans or nonstick cooking spray.
- When adding fat, use canola or olive oil instead of butter or lard.
- Eat more whole grain products to add fiber to your diet.
- Consume more fruits and vegetables.
- Eat as few sweets as possible.
- Eliminate the use of whole milk, dairy products and cream sauces or gravies;
include more fat-free and low-fat milk products.
The National Cholesterol Education Program's (NCEP)
Daily Food Guide
||For a 2,000 calorie diet
||less than 7% of calories
||less than 16 grams
||up to 10% of calories
||22 grams or less
||up tto 20% of calories
||44 grams or less
||25-35% of calories
||50-60% of calories
||20-30 grams a day
||about 15% of calories
||about 75 grams
||less than 200 mg a day
||less than 200 mg
For more information about the NCEP and more cholesterol information,
National Insitutes of Health website.