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Heart-Healthy Shopping Tips

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In honor of American Heart Month, it’s time to make some positive changes. The statistics regarding heart disease from the Centers For Disease Control are quite sobering. Did you know that every year about 647,000 Americans die from heart disease? Or that around 805,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year? It’s time to take control. One great weapon to wield against heart disease is a healthy diet. Here are a few heart-healthy tips for your next shopping trip: 

Eat the Rainbow

Try eating fruits and vegetables from every color of the rainbow. When fresh produce is not available or practical, frozen, dried, or canned produce can be just as nutritious. Fruits and vegetables are not only low in calories, but a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. 

Buy Whole Grains 

Whole grains are great sources of dietary fiber. Brown rice, whole oats, whole wheat, popcorn, and oatmeal are just a few whole grains you should incorporate into your diet. Not only does eating whole grains help you feel full longer, you can also reap other benefits like improving blood cholesterol levels, lowering your risk of heart attack, stroke, obesity, and even type 2 diabetes. 

Choose Leaner Proteins

Veer toward the leaner cuts of meat like sirloin, tenderloin, or skinless chicken breasts. Skinless cuts of meat with the least amount of visible fat are great heart healthy choices. If you’re looking for ground meat, select the ones that have less than 20% fat. 

Remember, not all fat is bad. The American Heart Association recommends that you eat 2 servings of fatty fish a week. Salmon, tuna mackerel, and other fatty fish are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.  

What Fuels Your Body Matters

When it comes to your health, little modifications can make a big impact. Mealtime at Catholic Eldercare means that residents are provided with a variety of nutritious meals and snacks. No need to plan a meal or fuss around the kitchen if you don’t want to. Simply head to the dining area for some healthy, delicious options. To learn more about our communities, please contact Robin Haenze at rhaenze@catholiceldercare.org or 612-605-2515.