There are variety of diets which you enjoy in your daily life. However not all the diets are healthier for your heart. Your heart is a vital organ of the body which is the center of cardiovascular (cardio–heart, vascular–blood vessels) system. So choose healthy diets for the heart to avoid any cardiovascular risk.
Global prevalence of heart disease
Cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly one-third of all deaths globally in 2015, with nearly 18 million estimated deaths, according to results of a study published May 17 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).
How can you save your heart ?
Along with medication, the food you eat can also play a vital role in managing your heart disease. If you are suffering from any heart disease or have potential to risk of heart disease, you must follow the recommended healthy diets for the heart.
Even if you add these diets in your daily meals without having heart disease, it would keep your heart healthy and reduces the risk of developing any cardiovascular disease.
Who recommended healthy diets for the heart ?
Several official health organizations recommends “healthy diets for the heart” with minor differences. I have combined them all, that are recommended by following organizations and journals:
2– The American Heart Association heart.org
3– Australian heart foundation. heartfoundation.org.au
4– US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
5– The Nutrition Source, Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health— Harvard University
7– The European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
8– Various Research Papers (References are given at the end).
Recommended healthy diets for the heart
Eat following healthy diets for the heart :
DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a specially designed eating plan to help you lower your blood pressure, which is a major cause of hypertension and stroke.
A large body of evidence supports that adherence to a DASH dietary pattern is linked to improvements in BP , body weight , glucose-insulin homeostasis , blood lipids and lipoproteins , inflammation grade [5,6], endothelial function [7,8], the gut microbiome [9,10], CVD risk [11,12], and total mortality [13,14].
Heart Healthy Diet
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and American Heart Association Nutrition Committee strongly endorse the daily consumption of multiple servings of both fruits and vegetables in order to reduce CVD risk [15,16].
Eat a variety of fruits so that you can get every nutrient needed. Every fruit is rich with numerous nutrients but varies in quantity of nutrients and the types of nutrients.
Here are some fruits which are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and fiber.
Some researchers include Berries in healthy diets for the heart, especially Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries which improves heart function.
Eat all kinds of vegetables; especially leafy vegetables are more beneficial. Some of the vegetables are listed below which are recommended as healthy diets for the heart :
- Bok choy
- Bell peppers
5– Whole grains and seeds
Whole grains represent unprocessed grains that contain the endosperm; the bran (the outer layer of the whole grain) and the germ are in the same relative proportions as they exist in the intact grain.
In contrast, refined grains retain only the endosperm. Common whole grains include: whole wheat, whole rice, barley, corn, rye, oats, millet, sorghum, teff, triticale, canary seed, Job’s tears, fonio, buckwheat and quinoa and wild rice .
Soluble Fibers in different whole grains and seeds decreases cholesterol levels and improves digestion and blood pressure.
Add following seeds in your healthy diets for the heart:
- Chia seeds
- Hemp Seeds
- Ground flaxseed which contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and phytoestogens to boost heart health.
6– Nuts and legumes
Nuts and legumes are healthy diets for the heart. Add unsalted nuts and legumes in your diet regularly.
Nuts, specifically peanuts and walnuts, have been demonstrated to reduce the CVD morbidity and mortality in numerous large prospective cohort studies [18,19].
The soybean is a legume that contains no cholesterol and is low in saturated fat, and is the only vegetable food that contains all eight essential amino acids. Soybeans are also a good source of fiber, iron, calcium, zinc, and B vitamins .
Dried beans and lentils garbanzo, pinto, kidney or black beans, are high in fiber, B-vitamins, minerals.
7– Skinless poultry
You can eat poultry but without skin because skin contains saturated fats which are not good for cardiovascular system.
Eat following delicious fishes which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
You can add Fish oils in your healthy diets for the heart that contain omega 3 fatty acids which are good for heart function. Usually this oil is obtained from above mentioned fish.
9– Low-fat dairy products
If you want to eat dairy products, eat fat-free (skim) and low-fat (1%) dairy products.
Organic dairy such as eggs, skim milk, or unsweetened yogurt are healthy diets for the heart.
10– Non-tropical vegetable oils
- Olive oil
Several studies and meta-analyses have demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effects of olive oil (OO) rich diets. [21,22,23]
Studies proved that Olive oils improved systolic and diastolic BP in both hypertensive and non-hypertensive patients [24,25,26].
- Canola oil
Canola oil is one of the healthy diets for the heart which decreases the chances of CVD (cardiovascular disease).
11– Lean meat (Meat trimmed of fat)
Lean meats are healthy diets for the heart. You can eat lean meat even after the heart attack infrequently.
12– Choose caffeinated drinks
You can add caffeinated drinks in your healthy diets for the heart, like coffee and tea in moderation. Green tea is better one and is one of the healthy diets for the heart.
Don’t Eat following Un-healthy diets for the heart :
1– Saturated fat, Trans fat
Avoid foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
Choose ‘no added salt’, ‘low-salt’ or ‘salt reduced’ foods where possible. Foods with less than 120 mg of sodium per 100g are considered low in salt. Sodium added foods are not healthy diets for the heart.
3– Red meat
Processed meat such as bacon, sausage, and salami, and fried chicken Limit processed meats, including sausages, and deli meats, such as salami.
4– Sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages,
Don’t eat sweets and don’t drink sugar sweetened beverages.
- Cakes, Pastries, cookies and pies
- Candy, Ice cream
- Sweetened yogurt and milk
- Sweet breads and waffles
Too much drinking increases your risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, and many other problems.
Avoid take away foods like Pizza, hot chips, fried fish and hamburgers.
Do exercise along with recommended healthy diets for the heart.
Avoid foods and beverages high in calories but low in nutrients.
Don’t take stress. Try to reduce stress.
Life style modification may also impart wonderful improvement in heart functions.
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