Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Margarine as a "Super Food" in Fighting Heart Disease

Okay wow, am I the worst blogger on the face of the universe? I’m really sorry I’ve been such a huge slacker lately. Between business trips, the flu and car problems, every second of every waking hour has been packed.

Anyways, I’m always on the lookout for interesting articles on ways to fight heart disease. Here’s a goodie from the Indianapolis Star. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Some foods pack a particularly powerful punch when it comes to fighting heart disease.
"For some people, they're going to have a larger impact than others, depending on your family history," said Jennifer Jones, registered dietitian with St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana.

For those with a history of heart disease, eating a diet that includes these foods can at least delay heart disease or help recovery after a cardiac event, she said.

St. Vincent's Healthy Spirit magazine lists these five "super foods" that should be part of your diet:

1. Oatmeal: Oat bran in oatmeal is a good source of soluble fiber, which binds to cholesterol, helping to remove it from your body and lowering your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Other good fiber sources: kidney beans, apples, pears, citrus fruits, peas and Brussels sprouts.

2. Fish: Fatty types of fish are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower blood pressure and triglycerides. Good sources: salmon, mackerel, lake trout, herring and albacore tuna.

3. Soy: Soybeans are a rich source of protein, calcium, iron, B vitamins and fiber, and contain plant chemicals called isoflavones, which help protect against many diseases.

4. Nuts: Although nuts are high in calories, their unsaturated fatty acids help lower cholesterol and keep blood vessels healthy. Almonds and walnuts seem to have the most heart benefits.

5. Margarine: Regarding heart health, margarine is better for you than butter, as long as it's fortified with plant substances called sterols or stanols

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