5 Effective Rules to Heart-Healthy Eating

What is a Heart Healthy Diet?

The simple answer to this question is a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet, right? Wrong! Consuming foods with cholesterol probably doesn’t have much influence on your cholesterol levels. However, eating processed and packaged foods with a “low fat” label has terrible effects on your health. The answer to this question is more controversial than it seems, so to simplify things, here is a list of healthy eating tips and rules to help you with a heart-healthy diet.

First things first, always remember, a healthy diet means the types of food you should eat, and not restrictively eat in order to lose weight. Now, let’s learn how to eat healthy food every day.

  • There is No One “Right” Diet for Everyone :
    In the field of medicine, one medication can save a person's life and can cause a life-threatening side effect in anther's. The same principle applies to a healthy diet. Whilst one person may have amazing results with the consumption of a certain diet, that does not necessarily mean it will work on every individual. And, just because a diet doesn't work for you, doesn't mean you failed; it may just mean that diet isn't right for you.
  • Avoid Highly Processed Foods :
    If you follow only one of these basics of eating healthy, make sure it’s this one. Highly processed and packed foods are a major contributor to obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Processed food is manufactured with typically high amounts of added sugars, refined grains, and flavor. These foods may contain other ingredients or chemicals you are not aware of and can raise several health concerns in the long run.
  • Include Vegetables and Other Plant-based Foods
    Mom was right all along. “Eat your vegetables” even if you don't like them. Every dietician and expert recommends vegetables and other plant-based food should be included in your diet plan. This does not mean you have to be a hard-core vegetarian; this simply means adding plant-based foods into most of your meals. Vegetables and plant-based foods contain essential nutrients and fibres that your body needs and can do wonders for your heart's health.
  • Portion Size Still Counts
    Even if it is healthy, eating a large portion is too much. Slow down, eat mindfully, and serve your meals on smaller plates. This helps reduce the amount you eat without feeling like you are going hungry again.
  • Eat a Healthy Home-cooked Meal
    Eating home-cooked healthy meals can offer the benefits of better quality food, lower cost, and a healthy heart. Another added advantage of eating at home - a healthier and lighter body. You don't have to be a master chef; just put healthy and nutritious food on the table and you are good to go.

Healthy Diet is the Key to a Healthy Heart!

Eating a heart-healthy diet is not written in stone, but it is a constant process of trying new things and judging the response on your body. Consult your dietician or physician before adopting a diet plan if you are diabetic, have high blood pressure, or any other health concern that can set an alarm if you don’t eat right. And, as long as you follow these rules in accordance with your doctor, you’re heart will always be in a hale and healthy condition.

Dr. Divaanshu Gupta

Dr. Divaanshu Gupta is a cardiac anaesthesiologist in Manipal Hospital, Jaipur. He has done his M.B.B.S. as well as M.D. Anaesthesia from S.M.S. Medical College. He has a vast experience of working in various critical care units of government as well as corporate hospitals.

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