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Heart healthy eating
What you eat affects your risk for having heart disease and poor blood circulation, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease is the #1 killer and stroke is the #3 killer of American women and men.
To help you prevent heart disease and stroke, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has developed three heart healthy eating plans:
- Heart Healthy Diet is for people who do not have heart disease and want to keep their blood cholesterol levels at healthy levels. Unhealthy cholesterol levels can, in time, lead to heart disease.
- Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet is for people with unhealthy blood cholesterol levels.
- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan is for people with high blood pressure, or hypertension. Hypertension can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke.
For more information on these eating plans, see our Heart Healthy Eating Fact Sheet.
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Heart Healthy Eating Fact Sheet — This fact sheet provides information on how healthy eating habits can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. It explains what a healthy portion is and how to make heart-healthy food choices.
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When Delicious Meets Nutritious: Recipes for Heart Health — Here's some terrific news: What's good for your heart is great for your taste buds. The recipes in this pamphlet show you don't have to lose flavor to gain health. Heart-healthy cooking simply means making dishes that are low in saturated fat, total fat, cholesterol, and sodium. As an added bonus, these dishes have fewer calories than those higher in fat. Recipes include "Classic Macaroni and Cheese" and "1-2-3 Peach Cobbler."
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American Dietetic Association
Food and Nutrition Information Center, USDA
International Food Information Council Foundation
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Women's Heart Foundation
Content last updated June 17, 2008.
Resources last updated June 17, 2008.
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