Heart Health Includes:

  • Making smart food choices
  • Keeping a healthy body weight
  • Losing weight if you’re are overweight or obese
  • Being physically active and making exercise a part of your routine

What is a Heart Healthy Diet?

A heart healthy diet means making smart food choices that help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. These choices are:

  •  Low in saturated fat, hydrogenated fat and trans fat
  • Low in cholesterol
  • High in soluble fiber
  • Low in sodium

A Heart Healthy Diet: Finding the Right Balance

To help get you on your path to heart health, keep these guidelines in mind:

  • About 25-35% of your total calories should come from total fat.
  • Less than 7% of calories should come from saturated fat.
  • Polyunsaturated fats can be up to 10% of your calories.
  • Monounsaturated fats can be up to 20% of your calorie.
  • Limit dietary cholesterol to less than 200 mg a day.
  • Aim for 20-30 grams of fiber a day – with at least 10 grams from soluble fiber.
  • Limit sodium to 2300 mg a day or less.

 

 

6 Simple Steps for the Whole Family to be Heart Healthy