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    Heart healthy diet
    An_255884 posted:
    We keep getting differing opinions since my husband's heart attack on what he should eat. Can anyone suggest a cookbook or diet? We been told to eat only organic foods by the doctor, which is out of the question due to their high costs. Vegan and also the zone diet. His counts are in range but could be lower. We believe his heart attack was mainly from family history as the bad cholesterol is in range but could be lower. Good cholesterol could be higher but is in range. Triglercies are in range. Would greatly appreciate any suggestions.
    billh99 responded:
    We been told to eat only organic foods by the doctor, which is out of the question due to their high costs.

    The best diet is one that you can live with. The best diet in the world is one that you can live with. If that diet is too restrictive for your taste or too expensive you will not be able to stick with it.

    In general organic foods don't have much of an advantage. However, there are a group of foods, mostly those where the skin of the vegetable or fruit, is eaten that some people think is worth getting organic. Google -dirty dozen organic food- and you will find them.

    Newsweek has a study of heart healthy diets.

    There is not a lot of difference in the top rated plans.
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "Can anyone suggest a cookbook or diet?"

    For cookbooks, check out prestigious sites such as The American Heart Association, etc.

    I, some of my friends, relatives and co-workers follow these generalized diet guidelines. Works well thus far.

    Heart-Healthy Foods

    Nothing complicated, just plain and simple

    AVOID foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. CHOOSE skim or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat cheeses. Eat more fish and poultry. LIMIT servings to five to seven ounces a day. TRIM visible fat. Limit egg yolks. SUBSTITUTE two egg whites for one whole egg or use an egg-substitute. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, breads and cereals. USE LESS salt and fat. SEASON WITH herbs and spices rather than with sauces, gravies and butter.



    DASH Diet Ranked Best Overall - Once Again

    Jan. 7, 2014

    The DASH diet repeats as best diet overall. It was originally developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to prevent high blood pressure. It stresses eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while eating less salt.

    Best of luck to your husband and you down the road of life.

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    billh99 replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
    DASH Diet Ranked Best Overall - Once Again

    That refers to the Newsweek article. But the rate is for weight loss.

    For heart health it is rated 3rd.
    stellagonzalez responded:
    First of all use good oil in your food which should be healthy and prevent u from another attack. Maintain a proper diet plan. Do regular exercise and yoga.
    atti_editor responded:
    Hello and thank you for posting!

    This slideshow covers the basics of the DASH diet that many of the other posters have mentioned. Cutting back on salt, adding more vegetables to your diet and choosing lean meats and fish are all good for your heart -- and covered in the slideshow.

    This article has some really great tips on how to easily have a heart-healthy diet, and here you will find an overview of the American Heart Association's healthy diet guidelines.

    One last cool resource is this chart that shows you how you can modify ingredients in some of your favorite recipes to insure that they are heart-healthy. I hope one of these resources helps!

    Best wishes,

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