Why Focus on Three
Because Sodium (salt) causes the body to retain water which can be a burden on the heart. This is one reason why many doctors recommend that you weigh yourself daily to monitor any weight gain that is not explained. Excess sodium can also raise your blood pressure which makes your heart work harder and increases your risk of stroke or heart failure. The American Heart Association recommends 1500-2300 milligrams of sodium per day.
Good vs Bad Fat
Bad Fat is Saturated and comes from animal proteins such as beef, pork, and dairy products.
Good Fats are Unsaturated such as Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated.
Saturated Fats also raise Cholesterol levels in your blood which can increase your risk of stroke or heart disease. Therefore, it’s important that you understand the differences between fats. To get you started, read about the Best Cooking Oils for Heart Health.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting Saturated Fat to 5-6 percent of total calories. That means about 13 grams for a 2,000 calorie diet.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that travels through your blood and can cling to your arteries. Too much buildup can block blood flow to your heart, brain, and other organs. Thus, increasing your risk of stroke, heart attack, or heart failure.
HDL is the “good” cholesterol and LDL is the “bad” cholesterol. Increasing HDL and lowering LDL may help reduce risks. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting cholesterol to 300 milligrams or less per day.
All of our Recipes and Meal Plans focus on the fundamentals of a healthy Cardiac diet.