How This Helps
A heart healthy diet can be full of flavor and wholesome foods. Every one of these meals can be ordered out or made in the home. Asking for specific things like baking not frying is important with heart disease when eating out. Asking for dressings that are low fat/nonfat or with olive oil avoids the unhealthy fats. It’s important to have a diet rich in monounsaturated fats and avoid at all cost transfat as well as limiting saturated fats to help avoid any further clogging of arteries. Choosing healthy fats helps lower the LDL, low density lipoprotein which is known as the bad fat. High blood pressure is usually associated with heart disease and big thing with managing blood pressure is avoiding excess sodium in your diet. The recommendations by the America Heart Association are for most Americans to keep it under 2300 mg a day and for those with heart issues/high blood pressure keeping it more at around 1500 mg is the best thing for you. It is also recommended having a diet rich in potassium to help counter act any excess sodium to balance it out. Having a diet rich in fiber foods, vegetables and fruit, helps create the filling feeling as well as help lower cholesterol. This sample diet plan is full of flavor, healthy fats, vegetables and fruit and healthy lean protein.