Heart-healthy eating is a way of eating that will help to keep your heart and cardiovascular system functioning well.
Heart-healthy eating includes:
Choosing more unsaturated fats like:
A heart healthful eating plan for lowering blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and triglycerides is based on these American Heart Association dietary guidelines.
Total fat intake should be 25 to 35 percent of total calories.
- Everyone should limit their saturated fat intake to less than 7 percent of total calories.
- Trans fat should be no more than 1 percent of calories.
- The remaining dietary fat should be from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.
- Everyone should limit their cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams per day; individuals with high cholesterol should limit their cholesterol to less than 200 milligrams per day.
Knowing Your Fats
In addition, a healthy diet includes
- Lower sodium intake.
- Limit alcohol consumption (no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men).
- Maintain a healthy body weight and a dietary pattern that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
The goals of the American Heart Association Eating Plan are available at
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This document is a source of information only, and is not medical advice.