Monday, April 30, 2007

Heart Health News From NHLBI

A new guide to help women improve their heart health was issued by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) entitled, “The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women.”

This guide is free to download and offers tons of great tips for women who want to improve their health. The guide also recommends that women who have high blood pressure and hypertension may want to consider following the DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The DASH diet places emphasis on fruits, veggies, whole grains, low fat dairy products, fish, etc. It’s a very sensible diet that can be maintained for a lifetime.

In this booklet, there are suggestions about how many servings of the various types of foods one should consume for heart health. NHLBI recommends consuming 2-3 servings of fats and oils such as margarine, mayonnaise and light salad dressing.

So to the naysayer who believes margarine can’t be part of an overall healthy diet –take that!! Margarine can be an integral part of an overall diet and can help people who want to improve their heart health.

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