MAKING CHANGE

Making change is much more satisfying when you can measure your progress. Knowing what you eat and how it affects your health is important to your pursuit of a heart healthy lifestyle.

EAT MORE FOODS HIGH IN COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES AND DIETARY FIBRE

Complex carbohydrates are the starches found in bread, cereal, pasta, grains like rice and barley, legumes like lentils, peas and beans, and certain vegetables like potatoes. These foods are the foundation of healthy eating because they are nutritious and low in fat, and can be good sources of dietary fibre. People whose diet is rich in complex carbohydrates and fibre seem less likely to develop heart disease. Studies even indicate that certain types of dietary fibre can help reduce the level of blood cholesterol By eating whole-grain bread and cereal products, along with a variety of fruits, vegetables and legumes, you'll get plenty of complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre.

ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT

Excess weight, especially in the abdominal region, can cause your blood cholesterol to rise. If you are overweight, a balanced, low-calorie, low-fat diet combined with an adequate amount of exercise will help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
For a heart healthier way of living, in addition to eating well, pursue regular physical activity, avoid smoking, and keep stress in check.

EAT LESS FAT, ESPECIALLY SATURATED FAT

A diet rich in fat, especially saturated fat, is one of the factors that contribute significantly to increasing blood cholesterol. Cutting down on fat, padicularly saturated fat, is by far the most important step in changing your eating habits. Saturated fats are found mainly in foods of animal origin such as meat, poultry and unskimmed dairy products. They are also found in so-called tropical oils like palm & coconut oil &  in hydrogenated vegetable fats like shortening and margarine.
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