Getting to the Heart of a Healthful Diet
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
A heart-healthy lifestyle is about eating more—more fruits, more veggies, more whole grains, and more unsaturated fats. There is less room for foods that are not heart-healthy when a person focuses more on these nutrient-rich foods.
Healthy eating habits can help a person lower 3 of the major risk factors for heart attack:
The American Heart Association has created these guidelines to help people eat a heart-healthy diet:
Note: Recommendations based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.
American Heart Association
United States Department of Agriculture
Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
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Dietary guidelines for Americans 2015-2020. US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: https://www.dietaryguidelines.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/2015-2020_Dietary_Guidelines.pdf. Accessed August 26, 2020.
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United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Agriculture (DHHS/DA). Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, 8th edition. DHHS/DA 2015.
Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review BoardDianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
Last Updated: 3/2/2021
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