Diet- and exercise-related healthy living behaviors could prevent up to 80% of heart disease-related premature deaths in Canada.
Nevertheless, for most Canadians, eating whole foods, plant-based nutrients, and foods flavored with natural herbs takes a back seat to processed, meat-heavy, salty and sugary meals. In fact, only 11% of Canadians always choose healthful foods.
The Food Choices That Can Save Your Life
Making subtle dietary changes can make a huge difference in your heart health. These include considering:
- Where you get your macronutrients;
- What you use to make food taste good; and
- How you use food to influence your mood.
That’s why nutritionists, cardiologists, and other healthy living experts recommend you avoid:
1. Refined Or Simple Carbohydrates
Eating refined carbohydrates increases your chances of becoming clinically obese and puts you at significant risk for diabetes and heart disease. Nevertheless, they remain the main source of dietary carbs for most people.
That’s why eating whole, unprocessed foods containing unrefined carbs — mainly natural sugars and whole grains — improves your heart health.
2. Saturated & Trans Fats (Especially In Butter Alternatives)
Use of non-dairy baking substitutes, spreads, and cooking oils is on the rise. But even as people try truly healthy alternatives (like avocado and olive oil), the availability of unhealthier options has grown, too. This includes coconut oil, which has far more saturated fat per serving than traditional options. Moreover, eating coconut oil can induce atherosclerosis — the buildup of fat, cholesterol, and other substances along arterial walls.
3. Processed Meat, Red Meat, & Animal-Based Proteins
Eating processed, salted, and red meat can raise cholesterol and increase your risk of coronary heart disease. Plus, they can cause weight gain and digestive dysfunction that further compound heart problems.
That’s why nutritionists often recommend eating plant-based protein and looking for cholesterol-lowering whey protein in your natural supplements.
4. Energy Drinks & Other Harmful Supplements
It’s important to recognize that not everything that’s supposed to make us look or feel better is made with heart-healthy ingredients. Research links both energy drinks and diet pills, for example, to heart damage.
Natural supplements made with healing plants, green foods, and natural herbs offer similar effects without the heart damage.
5. A High-Sugar Diet
Eating a high-sugar diet increases your risk of dying from heart disease. That’s true whether you get your dietary sugar from sweets, soft drinks, or alcohol. You can use natural herbs (like cinnamon, vanilla, stevia, and licorice) to add sweet flavor notes to food without stressing your heart.
6. Salt (For Most People)
Moderate- to low-salt diets are the best option for anyone. If you’re at an elevated risk for heart failure, it’s especially important to reduce salt intake.
Luckily, it’s easy to use herbs and spices to stand in for salt while cooking. Some healing plants even provide extra health benefits on top of their salty flavor.
7. Processed Snacks & Sweets
Many popular snack foods are highly processed and heavily salted or sweetened. That explains why dieticians recommend cutting chips, cookies, and cakes out altogether.
That’s not to say that all snacks and sweets are bad for you. Some foods, like dark chocolate, nuts, and seeds make good-tasting and good-for-you alternatives.
8. Food That Doesn’t Fill You Up Or Make You Feel Good
Despite the dire statistics about Canadian eating habits, things are looking up. Nearly one-third of the population is currently aiming to eat a more heart-healthy diet.
But the discomfort/dissatisfaction that comes from eating too little and/or forcing yourself to eat food you don’t enjoy makes heart-healthy living hard. That’s why it’s important to explore filling and flavorful heart-healthy options. Simply (and strictly) depriving yourself of enjoyable food just won’t do it!
What is Kratom?
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