- About 12 million (16.9%) of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 are obese.
- Nearly one in three (31.7%) U.S. children (23,500,000) ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese.
- Over one-third (33.7%) of U.S. adults are obese (nearly 75 million adults).
- Even when there are no adverse effects on the known risk factors, obesity by itself increases risk of heart disease. (See: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/WeightManagement/Obesity/Obesity-Information_UCM_307908_Article.jsp)
- Salmon or other oily fish: these contain omega-3 fatty acids which can help with blood pressure and prevent blood clotting. (If you are concerned about the type of salmon to purchase, sockeye salmon are still generally raised in lakes and not on farms.) Canned salmon is fine, as are other oily types of fish such as mackerel, sardines, and tuna.
- Avocados: these contain healthy, monounsaturated fat that is, in reasonable amounts, actually very good for your system.
- Olive oil: this is also full of monounsaturated fats. When choosing an olive oil it is good to look for one in a dark bottle, and to try to store your olive oil in a cupboard away from the light, since exposure to light can cause oxidation, which leaches some of the healthy benefits from the oil.
- Nuts: high on this list are almonds and walnuts, and nuts are also full of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Oatmeal: this grain is a wonderful source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Usually steel cut oats are recommended as the best, but regular oatmeal has good qualities to it, as well.
These are just a few of the most commonly cited foods that can be incorporated into your diet to help fight heart disease. For more information and ideas on foods, here are a few articles that I found helpful:
- 25 Top Heart-Healthy Foods - (http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/25-top-heart-healthy-foods)
- 5 Heart-Healthy Foods - (http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/5-heart-healthy-foods)
- 10 Best Foods for Your Heart - (http://articles.cnn.com/2009-03-23/health/best.foods.for.your.heart_1_monounsaturated-fats-heart-health-olive-oil?_s=PM:HEALTH)
So, now that we have a food list all we need are some recipe ideas! Do you have a heart-healthy recipe to share? We would love to have you share your heart-healthy recipes with us!