Heart Health: Eat Breakfast, Frequent Meals

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

Recipe: Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

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

Saturated Fats: Finding a Healthy Balance

With the seemingly endless barrage of conflicting media reports that declare saturated fats bad and carbohydrates worse and share only a rigid approach to diet, it’s no wonder consumers are confused. Good fat/bad fat Recently the debate focused on saturated fat and a U.K. study drew fire for its assertion that saturated animal fats can’t … Read More

Too Much Sugar Can Stress Your Heart

A recent study originally published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that large amounts of sugar damaged human heart tissue and caused disease in laboratory animals. Numerous studies have shown that chronic high blood sugar levels (associated with uncontrolled diabetes and other conditions) lead to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and … Read More

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After Heart Attack: Eat Better, Live Longer

Many people know that a healthy diet can help prevent heart disease. But results of a new study published in the September online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine claim that even after experiencing a heart attack, you can improve your odds for a healthy life by following well-established guidelines for a healthy diet. Study’s importance … Read More

The Whole Truth About Whole Grains

Eating right can help improve your cardiovascular and overall health, but food labels and names can be confusing. You’re not alone if you often wonder what type of breads or cereals to choose. The short answer is to opt for whole grains and avoid refined grains. The “whole” in whole grains In their original, unprocessed … Read More

3 Tips to Lower Blood Pressure

One in three Americans has high blood pressure, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. Yet, even though it’s so prevalent, many people do not know they have this problem until something major goes wrong. Cardiologist David Frid, MD, says, “One of the problems with blood pressure is your body is … Read More

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Omega-3 Fats Pack a Powerful Punch

Contributor: Melissa Ohlson, MS, RD, LD, Department of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation If you compare fighting heart disease to a boxing match, then omega-3 fats are the heavyweight champ. Few nutrients come close to the one-two punch of these long-chain polyunsaturated fats, called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Extensive studies have shown that … Read More