Heart disease and diet

Diet - heart disease; CAD - diet; Coronary artery disease - diet; Coronary heart disease - diet

A healthy diet is a major factor in reducing your risk for heart disease.

Healthy diet

For a healthy diet, replace unhealthy and fattening foods with healthier alternatives, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fish in diet

Fish is a great alternative to red meat. Fish is a healthy, lean protein and contains a type of fat called omega three fatty acids, which may help protect the heart.

Fruits and vegetables

A healthy diet includes adding vegetables and fruit every day. Vegetables like broccoli, green beans, leafy greens, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Many studies have shown that eating plenty of vegetables is extremely healthy. Try to eat about 3 to 5 servings every day. Fruit is also a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. You should try to eat about 2 to 3 servings of fruit each day.

Obesity and health

Obesity increases a person's risk of illness and death due to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, and kidney and gallbladder disease. Obesity may increase the risk for some types of cancer. It is also a risk factor for the development of osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.

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