Changing one's diet and lifestyle can go a long way in maintaining a healthy heart. Unhealthy eating is considered to be the main culprit for an unhealthy heart. It is important to chart out a diet plan with heart healthy food to keep heart disease at bay. It is imperative to eat without overloading your plate. Using a small plate or bowl will help in controlling portions. Eating large portions of low calorie foods, nutrient rich fruits and vegetables, along with smaller portions of high calorie food can help your heart and waistline. It is also important to keep track of serving size. For instance, one serving of pasta is about half a cup and a serving of meat is about 2 to 3 ounces. Intake of fresh fruits and vegetables can help you eat less high-fat food and will help prevent cardio-vascular diseases. Also, limiting the intake of coconut, vegetable in creamy sauces, fried veggies, canned fruits with added sugar are important. Whole grains are good sources of fibre and other nutrients and it helps in regulating blood pressure and heart health. Whole-wheat flour, oatmeal and whole grain pasta are good for a heart healthy diet, whereas, white refine flour, corn bread, high-fat crackers etc., have to be avoided. Limiting saturated and trans fat will help reduce blood cholesterol. A nutritionist can help you to plan a heart healthy diet that will keep blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
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