Wholesale changes aren't necessarily needed. Instead, small changes can make a big difference, says registered dietitian Kathy McManus, director of the department of nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.
"The typical American diet contains a large proportion of unhealthy fats, too few fruits and vegetables, too much sugar and sodium, and too little fiber," she says. "This contributes to risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity."
The Harvard Heart Letter asked Ms. McManus and Dr. Michelle Hauser, a certified chef, nutrition educator, and internal medicine fellow at Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance, how they would tweak the typical American diet to be healthier for the heart. Their suggestions lower the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, and calories, and boost the amount of fiber and nutrients.
If you eat: Eggs
If you eat: Salad with ranch or blue cheese dressing
If you eat: Pasta with meat and cheese
For more tips, read the full-length article: "Make these better food choices for better heart health"
Also in the October 2013 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter:
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