Heart Healthy Nutrition Tips

Did you know that coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia? In this handy list, Accredited Sports Dietitian Michelle Bruce gives us some simple tips to help keep you on the right track to a healthy heart.

Eating for Heart Health

The food that you eat can have a big effect on the health of your heart. To promote health, the Heart Foundation recommends consuming a healthy diet containing a variety of foods from all food groups. 

Heart Healthy Nutrition Tips

  • Eat 2 serves of fruit each day
  • Eat a variety of different coloured vegetables each day
  • Eat the skin of fruits and vegetables where possible
  • Select wholegrain breads & cereals
  • Choose reduced fat varieties of milk, cheese and yoghurt
  • Choose products labelled “no added salt”, “low salt” or “reduced salt”
  • Trim fat from meat and remove the skin from chicken prior to cooking
  • Choose healthier cooking methods such as grilling and stir-frying
  • Limit take-always and eating out
  • Snack on unsalted nuts
  • Avoid or minimise alcohol intake
  • Drink water
  • Exercise regularly: Being physically active helps the heart to become stronger
  • Quit smoking: Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, and damages the walls of your blood vessels

Original article – www.tuneuphealth.com.au/blog/archives/03-2017