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Heart Healthy Shopping Habits to Prevent Disease

Posted by Elder Health Plans, January 11, 2016

Daily habits and dietary choices have a direct impact on a person’s risk for heart disease. So, if you want to protect your heart and prevent cardiovascular disease, then it’s important that you are selective about the foods that you put in your shopping cart each week.

Heart disease is common, and health experts have said that it is the leading cause of death in the United States. Instead of waiting for a diagnosis, it is much more effective to be proactive with your daily habits to reduce your risk of heart disease. These are the foods that you need to be eating on a regular basis:

Be Selective about Fat

Healthy fat is important to protect your heart, but the problem is that many people eat too much of the wrong types of dietary fat! Reduce your consumption of meat, butter, and dairy fat, and select healthier sources of fats instead. Examples of good dietary fat include avocados, nuts, seeds, and coconut oil. If you choose to eat animal products, select lean cuts of meat and low-fat dairy products.

Fruits and Vegetables

Colorful fruits and vegetables are loaded with heart-healthy antioxidants. Brighter colors indicate different types of nutrients, so choose a variety of colors and enjoy at least five servings per day. Another benefit of fruits and vegetables is the fiber content, which is important to help you maintain a healthy digestive system.

Cut Out High Sugar Foods

Many processed foods are loaded with sugar and unhealthy fats, so you need to be selective about the types of processed foods that you choose to buy. If you are buying something in a box, always read the ingredient label before you put that item in your shopping cart. Simple changes can make it easy to adjust your diet. For example, stay away from sugary soda and choose herbal tea instead.

With a few simple changes you can maintain a healthy diet and protect your heart health at the same time. For more information about healthy dietary habits, it is a good idea to talk with your doctor or healthcare provider. We can help you get the insurance coverage you need to make your health care appointments affordable. Contact us today for more information about senior insurance coverage.

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