Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States each year, and can be, at least partially, prevented and managed
through lifestyle changes. What better time than February, the month dedicated to celebrating love and matters of the heart, to talk about heart
Many of my clients ask how they can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by improving their nutrition, and while the best diet for each
person will depend on several unique and personal factors, there is some easy, low-hanging fruit (nutrition joke!) when it comes to how to
eat for a healthier heart.
Because cardiovascular disease is an inflammatory disease, eating an anti-inflammatory style diet will help you tip the scales in your favor.
This is especially important if you have a health history or family history of cardiovascular disease, but it’s also important for anyone
who wants to increase their chances of maintaining their health long-term. An anti-inflammatory diet is rich in plant foods such as vegetables,
fruits, whole grains, and legumes. It includes sources of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, and seeds. It limits added sugar, red
meat, processed pastries, and fried food.
Again, this way of eating is all about tipping the scales in the direction of anti-inflammatory. This means that if most of your food,
most of the time, is anti-inflammatory, then there is some room for foods that may promote inflammation. How much room
there is for donuts, french fries, and burgers will be different for everyone, but I recommend that everyone has some awareness
of how often these foods are creeping into their diet.
Saturated fat, trans-fats, and sodium are all nutrients to limit when considering heart health. An anti-inflammatory diet tends
to be inherently low in these, which gives it extra heart health-boosting power.
Unsure how to incorporate an anti-inflammatory diet into your life in order to optimize your heart health? At Mount Auburn
Club, our team of Registered Dietitians is dedicated to helping you develop healthy eating habits that gently, gradually
improve your well-being. Learn how you can help your heart by scheduling a complimentary nutrition introduction appointment with
a MAC dietitian today!
The information presented here is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent
any disease or health condition. As always, please speak with your registered dietitian regarding any dietary modifications
or nutrition-related questions.