Category: Heart Healthy Food
Check out this great resource at Merckengage.com
MerckEngage is a free resource that supports your choices for healthier living. MerckEngage has a range of offerings to help you take steps toward better health, including:
• Help with managing health conditions
• Ideas for healthier eating
• Suggestions to help you become more active
• Ways to better communicate with your health care professionals
A book by Jospeh C. Piscatella and Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D.
The first thoughts that came into my mind when I began reading this book on the 109 things you can do to prevent, halt and reverse heart disease, was "that's exactly what I say to people when I am giving heart healthy talks!" My first impressions of the authors, is then credible, because I know the sources of where I get my information to increase awareness and educate the general public. As I read through this book, I noted it was very well referenced with many reliable sources and credits found through out the book as well as listed at the end. Ok good. The information I am going to find in this book, is valuable, evidenced-based, and the recommendations are based on the most current literature.
Meridia: a weight loss medication for those individuals who need to lose more than 30 pounds of weight.
Being overweight is not healthy for us for many reasons, we all know that. It can be very difficult for some people to lose weight, we know that too. So some need to turn to medications to help accomplish that goal. Meridia is one such a medication. But what about when the medication you take, to lose weight, to prevent things like heart attack and stroke, actually increases your risk of the exact thing you hope to prevent?
Why is Dark Chocolate Healthy?
So you like chocolate? Well, it can be good for you, but remember to eat it in moderation and make sure it has greater than 70% cocoa in it. The higher the % of cacao, the more benefits and better nutritional value the chocolate contains.
Please watch this Discovery Health video on Red Yeast Rice.
I only caution you that the physician mentions that there are no side effects of taking red yeast rice. The FDA in the United States has no safety profile on this nutritional supplement. We do not really know what side effects it could have, but we do know it is very similar to a statin medication.
Please see additional articles at the end of the page for more information on safety.
So you don't want to have to take a medication for your high cholesterol? What are the alternatives? Of course, you can watch what you eat and start to exercise, that will be very helpful. What about nutiritonal supplements? Let's talk a little bit about red yeast rice.
New 'Smart Choices' Food Labels Are Deceptive
is an article by Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience's Bad Medicine Columnist. He points out one of the biggest problems in the world today: how can we make good food choices, when processed foods, with lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils, are made to look like they are healthy?
Low levels of vitamin D are known to nearly double the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes, and researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis now think they know why.
Follow this link to read the full article on ihealthbulletin.com:
One of the last postings was a brief introduction to fats: the good, bad and ugly ones too. I hope that it helped you to understand the differences a little bit and that it also prompted more questions. March is nutrition month, so let’s focus a little bit longer on FAT.
Get the skinny of FATs? Contrary to what you may believe, not all fats really make you fat. So let’s review:
- Trans Fat: UGLY BAD
- Saturated Fat: BAD
- Monounsaturated: Good
- Polyunsaturated: Good
Did you ever go on that “Fat-free” diet? A lot of us did. Fat makes us fat, right? Not quite true. Too much of the bad fats, like saturated fat and trans fat, can cause an increase in cholesterol levels and contribute to weight gain. Increasing the amounts of good fats however, can decrease inflammation and our cholesterol levels.