Top five heart-healthy eating tips
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, 225 people die of heart disease every day, while 10 people suffer a stroke every hour in South
Africa. It is estimated that 80% of heart disease and strokes can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR A HEALTHY HEART:
Eat larger portions of low-calorie, nutrientrich foods like fruits and vegetables, and smaller portions of highcalorie, high-sodium foods like refined, processed or fast foods. This will help shape up your diet as well as your heart and waistline. Eat more vegetables and fruits. These are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals, and are low in calories and rich in dietary fibre. Replace unhealthy saturated and trans fats with healthier fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 and
6) to help lower your risk of heart disease. Choose low-fat protein sources like lean meat, poultry and fish, low-fat dairy products and eggs as these will help you get the amino acids your body requires without the added fat and calories. Reduce your sodium intake.