A balanced diet is crucial to preventing and managing heart disease. Food choices can be confusing so here are some top tips for creating a healthy diet for a healthy heart.
Enjoy Your 5 A Day
The professional opinion, supported by research by BHF is a well-balanced diet should include at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. The blogs on fruit and vegetables will guide you to find the right balance.
Eat more fibre
Fibre helps lower your risk of heart disease. The recommended daily amount is at least 30g a day. You can find fibre in wholemeal bread, bran, oats and wholegrain cereals. It’s also in potatoes with their skins on, as well as fruit and vegetables.
Reduce Saturated Fat
High cholesterol in your blood increases your risk of heart disease. Eating too many foods that are high in saturated fat can raise the level of cholesterol so choose leaner cuts of meat and lower-fat dairy products. This might be as simple as 1% fat milk over full-fat (or whole) milk.
Adults should only consume around a teaspoon of salt per day! Avoid using salt at the table and try adding less to your cooking. This simple choice can soon be a standard part of your routine and will maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Oily fish such as pilchards, sardines and salmon are a source of omega-3 fats. These may help protect against heart disease.
Try to keep to the recommended daily alcohol limits to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the of risk heart problems.
Don’t forget, giving up smoking and taking regular exercise will also help with your overall health and wellbeing.
Start Your Healthy Diet for a Healthy Heart
Dr Simaitis is keen to encourage healthy diets as part of looking after the heart. If you would like to know more or make an appointment for some advice, simply click here to get in touch.
You are in good hands as Dr Simaitis has served as a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCH) for over 15 years. He is now the Clinical Governance Lead for Cardiology at RCH. He looks forward to welcoming you and helping you on the road to a healthy lifestyle.