Top five heart-healthy eat­ing tips

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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.

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