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5 NUTRITIONAL FACTS FOR A “HEART-HEALTHY” FOOD

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Heart Health

5 NUTRITIONAL FACTS FOR A “HEART-HEALTHY” FOOD

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Some food are good for your heart and some are not. Nutrition facts labels can be helpful in determining heart-healthy items, but, if the food label says it’s ‘fat-free’ or ‘no cholesterol’, this doesn’t mean a food is calorie-free. 1, 2, 3

1.     Make sure to avoid some low fat items as they might have the same number of calories as the full-fat item because they may have more added sugar or saturated and trans-fats. 1, 2

2.     Start by considering the “serving size”, which tells us the numbers of servings there are in the package or can. This will show items per serving. 1,2

3.     Search for components per serving of: saturated fats, trans-fats, cholesterol, sodium and sugar. These are items you should eat less of. 1, 2

4.     Switch to margarine instead of butter. Look for Nutrition Facts label that say 0 g trans-fat on as they have less saturated fat. 2,3

5.     You should target eating foods with plenty of fiber, such as oatmeal and beans, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.4

References:

1.       How to control your fat and cholesterol. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/docs/fotonovela_cholesterol.pdf Last accessed 15/12/2018

2.       Common Misconceptions about Cholesterol. 2017. Available at: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/about-cholesterol/common-misconceptions-about-cholesterol Last accessed: 22/06/2019

3.       Cholesterol: MYTHS VS. FACTS. American Heart Association, 2019 Available at: https://www.heart.org/-/media/files/health-topics/cholesterol/cholesterolmythsfacts_2-27-19.pdf?la=en&hash=B25D955489FFEF75B91960093EB71BD29BDE511A Last accessed: 22/06/2019

4.       Cholesterol Myths and Facts, 2019. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/features/cholesterol-myths-facts/index.html Last accessed: 22/06/2019