Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States? Today, St. Joseph’s Health Cardiologist, Dr. Uzma Iqbal, joins us along with Wegmans Executive Chef, Bob Langkammerer to talk about foods to include in your diet for significant benefits to your heart health.
According to Dr. Iqbal, the disease is 80% preventable with diet and exercise. Your daily diet should include nutritious meals that have low calorie foods containing minerals, whole grains, and protein.
The Mediterranean diet, proven to prevent heart disease, promotes food choices with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, fish, beans and nuts. Dr. Iqbal suggests avoiding high amounts of saturated fats, sodium, red meat, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
Chef Bob suggest eating fish like tuna or salmon which contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. He says it’s best to eat the fish slightly cooked so it’s raw in the inside because you’ll lose nutrients when you overcook it.
Just a small change to your eating habits can prevent heart disease. For more information visit, sjhsyr.org/cardiac.