Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Heart-Friendly Diet- Part II

For breads, cereals, pasta, rice, dried peas and beans, we can have 6 or more servings per day. We can have most breads, wheat bread, rice cakes, low-fat crackers; hot and cold cereals; spaghetti, macaroni, noodles, plain baked potato and rice. We should go easy on store-bought pancakes, waffles, biscuits, muffins, and cornbread. We should avoid croissants, sweet rolls, donuts, and crackers made with saturated or unhealthy oils; egg noodles, pasta, and rice prepared with cream, butter, or cheese and French fries.

For fruit and vegetables, we can have up to 6 or more servings per day. We can choose fresh, frozen or dried fruits. Just go easy on canned fruit in heavy syrup and avoid coconut, vegetables prepared in butter, cream or sauce.

We can have snacks but in moderate amounts. We can choose low-fat frozen yogurt, popsicles, hard candy, plain pop corn, pretzels, fruit juices, tea and coffee. We should go easy on ice milk, home-made cakes, cookies and pies prepared with unsaturated oils. We should avoid ice cream, candy, chocolate, potato chips, buttered pop corn, milkshakes, frappes, floats, store-bought pies, most store-bought frosted cakes.

The heart is such a valuable part of the human body that we need to make some dietary sacrifices. Perhaps, we can try healthy alternatives to the high fat, high cholesterol, high carbohydrate but great tasting food that we have always feasted on. Care for your heart this Valentine’s Day! Whew!

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