There’s a good reason you may be confused whenever you open your refrigerator. From gluten-free, to low-carb, to high-protein, there’s a dizzying array of popular diets. They’ll all supposedly help you lose weight or improve your health. And they all have dedicated followers who tout their benefits. The Mediterranean diet is easy to understand and … Read More
A new analysis says there’s no clear evidence that cutting down on saturated fats reduces your risk of heart disease. But don’t get caught up in the media hype surrounding that announcement, experts say. Instead, keep on a healthy course by following your doctor’s advice to stop smoking, stay physically active and eat a diet … Read More
Here at Cleveland Clinic, patients frequently ask us cardiologists this question: “Is my blood pressure too high, or is it too low?” We’re always happy to answer, because it’s important for you as a patient to understand your blood pressure.
A recent study that links added sugars in the diet to heart disease is bad news for your sweet tooth. However, the new data empowers doctors and patients with solid information about how the sugars added to many foods – and especially soft drinks – take a toll on heart health. The study’s conclusion sums … Read More
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Heart-healthy eating can be good for your bottom line, as long as you plan ahead, shop smart and keep it simple. Spend a few minutes learning which healthy foods are a good deal and formulating a nutritional game plan. Make your shopping list, and locate the best food stores or vendors before you head out … Read More
If left untreated, chronic high blood pressure can have deadly consequences – including heart attack and stroke. Hypertension can be treated with medications, but you can do your own part to control high blood pressure simply by eating a healthier diet. Eating for blood pressure regulation Eating to lower your blood pressure is all about … Read More
Only half of the 78 million adults in the United States who have high blood pressure have it under control. Yet this condition is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. Take steps to control high blood pressure, whether through medication, exercise and dietary changes as your doctor recommends. It’s critical to your … Read More
Whether you are running late or trying to avoid calories, skipping breakfast could be a bad way to start the day. Studies show that people who skip meals tend to be heavier, have higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels and be pre-diabetic. All of these increase the risk for cardiovascular disease. Skipping breakfast can backfire … Read More
Dark chocolate. Cherries. Brownies. Oh my! It can fulfill your chocolate cravings without expanding your waistline. In each satisfying serving, you’ll find only 110 calories and 6 grams of fat. What’s not to love? Ingredients Cooking spray ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour 1 cup granular no-calorie sweetener ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon … Read More
Paella or souvlaki – the choice is yours. Pick any traditional dish from the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and you’re sure to be on your way to a healthier you. Loaded with fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, fish, lean meats and olive oil, the Mediterranean Diet is the diet research shows is best for your heart.