Handy Heart-Helpers

This year we get an extra day in February to celebrate Heart Health Month. Before you flip the page of your calendar to March — here are some tips, tricks, and superfoods to keep your heart smiling all year through:

  • 2/3 of Americans recognize that red wine, salmon, oatmeal, or olive oil are heart-healthy foods, however, a fraction of these same consumers buy these foods on a monthly basis.
  • According to a survey conducted by Welch’s, those who buy grape juice each month are much more likely to buy other heart-healthy foods.  In fact, they are nearly twice as likely to purchase heart-healthy foods like olive oil and salmon versus non grape juice drinkers.
  • Consumers don’t realize that many of the same heart-healthy plant nutrients in red wine are also in grape juice made with Concord grapes.
  • More than twice as many consumers are aware of the heart-health benefits of red wine than of grape juice.
  • While heart smart eating is essential, your genes can also affect your health.  In fact, more than 56% of consumers say it is important to know their family’s health history. Do you know your numbers? Knowing your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels could save your life.
  • Almonds have been shown to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and help stabilize blood sugar levels. They are rich in healthy types of fat the body needs and they are an excellent source of vitamin E.
  • A diet rich in fruits and veggies will supply potassium as well as a host of other nutrients your heart needs.
  • Check labels to see how much sodium is in the food you’re eating. Don’t be fooled by small serving sizes — if the serving listed is less then you eat — you need to multiply all of the numbers listed on that box! (Yes…Read It Before You Eat It!)
  • Fish for good health. Try to add a fish meal to you diet at least four times a week. Fatty fish, like salmon, provide a wealth of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids that also help keep your brain sharp and fight inflammation.
  • Find fiber through whole grain breads and cereals and particularly beans. Oats and beans contain the soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol levels in a delicious fashion.

For more information on how you can keep your heart healthy while keeping your mouth happy — go to AlmondBoard.com, Quaker.comwelchs.com/rewardyourhearthttp://www.usdrybeans.com/http://www.produceforkids.org/, and http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/, www.eatright.org.  

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