ANTON NEWSPAPERS: Eight Heart-Healthy Swaps
My most recent article for Anton Newspapers highlights heart health! You are what you eat, and every food choice that we make has an impact on our health. Choosing low-sodium foods and heart-healthy fats can help strengthen the heart. See below a short excerpt from the article:
Did you know that February is Heart Health Month? Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide, even before cancer. A silent killer, heart disease can often sneak up and catch us by surprise. The good news is that making healthy choices and managing your health conditions can help prevent heart disease.
If you are due for a check-up, call your doctor today to schedule your physical. If you have a family history of heart disease, it may be a good idea to meet with a cardiologist as well.
In addition to medical management, there are several healthy lifestyle habits and good nutrition practices that can help you live a heart healthy life.
Ditch white bread, try Ezekiel bread
White, refined carbohydrates are processed and contain virtually no heart-healthy fiber. Ezekiel bread is truly as healthy as bread gets. This sprouted grain bread is packed with healthy nutrients and fiber. Dietary fiber has been shown to help improve blood cholesterol levels and lower risk of developing heart disease. Plus, fiber helps to keep us full and encourages healthy weight management.
Ditch mayo, try avocado
Avocados are incredibly nutritious and are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. You can use avocado virtually anywhere you would use mayo. Try adding it as a spread to a sandwich or wrap, or substituting avocado in a creamy dressing.
Ditch store-bought dressing, try homemade vinaigrette
Have you ever looked at the ingredients lists for store-bought dressings? They are often loaded with excess sodium, sugar and additives. Making your own homemade vinaigrette only takes a few minutes, and can be made with whole...
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