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Information about two clinically researched diets for heart
disease, the DASH and Mediterranean diets, is widely available.
You can get detailed information about the DASH, as well as
recipes and meal plans, for free from the
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or in bookstores
(The DASH Diet Action Plan by Marla Heller or The DASH Diet for
Hypertension by Thomas Moore and Mark Jenkins). A number of books
have been written about the Mediterranean diet, from How to Eat
Well and Stay Well the Mediterranean Way, written in 1959 by
pioneering nutrition researcher Ancel Keys and his wife,
Margaret, to Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet, published
in 2007 by Emilia Klapp, a registered dietitian.
It's harder to find specific information on two other clinically
tested heart-disease diets, the OmniHeart and Portfolio diets. We
gleaned the information below from reports in medical journals.
The Optimal Macronutrient Intake Trial to Prevent Heart Disease
(OmniHeart, for short) higher-protein diet is similar to the DASH
diet but with more protein and less carbohydrate.
The foundation of good nutrition, eating the right foods in the
right quantities, provides clear benefits for the heart, but
exercise and weight control are just as important to good heart
health as diet.
The multiple nutrients that occur naturally in fruits and
vegetables are beneficial to the heart and the rest of the body
in numerous ways, and thus should be a part of everyone's diet.
Our bodies need protein, carbohydrates, and fat, but some kinds
are better for us than others. It's important to eat the right
kinds and quantities of these components in order to receive the
most benefit from them.
Several diets with roots in medical studies have the potential to
provide some protection from heart disease and to lower
cholesterol and blood pressure.
These suggestions can help you negotiate the excesses of the
holiday season, so you can enjoy yourself without overindulging.
I know that eating fish is good for the heart. But fresh fish
costs a lot and I can't get to the grocery store very often. Does
eating canned fish help?
How can I figure out how many calories I should take in every