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Love Your Heart ~ Get Heart Healthy!

Posted by Ryan Whitcomb, RD, CDN
Ryan Whitcomb, RD, CDN
Ryan Whitcomb, RD, CDN is part of the Whitsons team of nutritionists, where he serves as a Registered Dietitia...
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on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 in Health & Nutrition

fruit heart tape measure-no bkgnd copyFebruary is American Heart Month, so it’s the perfect time to talk about heart disease and how you can keep that all-important ticker of yours healthy and strong.


Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in this country? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year. That accounts for roughly one out of every four Americans!


There are many risk factors involved in heart disease, but let’s focus on the ones you can control. For instance, exercising and abstaining from smoking are two great things you can do for yourself. Eating right is another great way to prevent or slow down the progression of heart disease. Since every individual is different, it’s best to speak to a doctor or registered dietitian when looking for ways to improve your diet.


(Speaking of diet, did you know that the types of fats you eat have more of an impact on your cholesterol levels than the cholesterol you eat from food? Egg lovers rejoice!)


Saturated and trans fats have been found to have more of a direct influence on your cholesterol levels than dietary cholesterol, affecting your heart health. They are solid at room temperature and are found in foods like butter, whole milk and fatty meats (I know, the tasty foods). Try to keep these fats to a minimum. When shopping at the grocery store, look for the term partially hydrogenated oil in the Ingredient Statement. This is your clue that the food contains trans fats, even if the label says 0g (tricky, huh)?


Finally, try to include more unsaturated fats into your meals, such as avocadoes, almonds, olive oil, peanut butter and salmon. These types of foods can keep your heart healthy and they taste great. Go on, give it a go--you might just like what you taste!

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Ryan Whitcomb, RD, CDN is part of the Whitsons team of nutritionists, where he serves as a Registered Dietitian. Ryan works extensively with the Nutrition and Purchasing Departments, analyzing nutritional content of products and ensuring company-wide compliance with all USDA school food standards. In addition to advising on the new Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) regulations set forth for school, Ryan’s role continues to expand as new projects and nutritional guidelines are implemented.


Jackie Friday, 15 February 2013

Great blog entry!!!

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