Some Decent Heart-Smart Tips...

Cathy Fitzgerald, a registered dietitian with the University of Michigan Health System, offers up some pretty good tips to stay heart-healthy in the supermarket. Here’s four I really liked:
  • Omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats have been shown to benefit the heart. Fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and trout are good sources of omega fats and are low in saturated fat.
  • Sterols and stanols. Plant sterols and stanols are cholesterol-lowering substances often added to products like margarine and salad dressings. Review the label carefully to make sure a product states it offers the cholesterol-lowering benefits of plant sterols and stanols.
  • Sodium. Look for phrases like "low sodium" or "reduced sodium." This is especially important in processed and canned foods. If a food is labeled as "reduced" in sodium, it has 25 percent less salt than the regular product.
  • Trans fats. Eat trans fats sparingly, as they raise your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol. Fried foods and processed foods that have a long shelf life are often loaded with them. The term "partially hydrogenated oil" on an ingredient's list indicates the food contains trans fats.
For the rest of the list, check out the report from HealthDay News: How to Be Heart Smart at the Supermarket.
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Sara - February 26, 2008 10:30 PM

I don't think we want to eat margarine even if they added sterols and stanols to it. It's still basically junk.

Gerry Pugliese - February 26, 2008 10:35 PM

Hey Sara-

Yeah, like I said "pretty good." At least she mentioned plant sterols and stanols. Its a start.



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