Nutrition and heart disease

Nutrition and heart disease

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in North America. Diet plays an important role in heart disease. For example, a diet rich in saturated fats (found mostly animal products), trans fat (found in highly processed foods to increase shelf life), and an imbalance in energy intake and energy expenditure can increase your risk for heart disease. This is not to say that animal products should be cut out completely, but it is important to be mindful of the types and amount of meats consumed.

Here are some tips to decrease your risk for heart disease:

  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight throughout life.
  • Include and/or increase intake of plant-based foods.
  • Limit consumption of processed foods.
  • Increase intake of vegetables and fruits (frozen vegetables and fruits without sauces are also a healthy option).
  • Choose whole grains instead of refined grains (incorporate brown rice into your diet).

Stephanie Aboueid, RD, MSc