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Take the “Crash” Out of Dieting

thumb-Alsaghir_YoussefWhat’s in your fridge? Spring is a great time to take a closer look at your diet and make sure you’re getting the right nutrients, but the foods you eat can also impact your heart health. In this Q&A, Dr. Al-Saghir helps you eat your way to cardiovascular health!

What is the perfect diet for someone who is at risk for disease?
A diet high in protein and low in fat and sugar is perfect for someone who is at risk for heart disease, especially someone with a family history. Try eating more fish (tuna or salmon), legumes (beans, peas, or lentils), and low-fat dairy (milk, cheese, or yogurt). Also, add fruits and vegetables to get important vitamins and nutrients.

What foods must someone avoid if they are at risk for heart disease?
It’s important to stay away from foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt. Also, stay away from foods that contain trans fats, such as hydrogenated oil. Trans fats can increase your levels of bad cholesterol and lower your levels of good cholesterol.

How does cholesterol play a part in cardiovascular health?
Cholesterol can be deposited in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to vital organs such as the heart and brain. Having a good cholesterol level is highly important in reaching cardiovascular health.

Why is a diet important when considering cardiovascular issues?
Diet is important because it can contribute to the development of serious cardiovascular issues such as diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis.

Still have questions about the best foods to eat? Call us at 904-493-3333 to set up an appointment.

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