Diets for the heart

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. (Locked) More »

Come back to the garden of eatin'

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. (Locked) More »

No denying the power of produce

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. (Locked) More »

In with the good, out with the bad

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. More »

12 tips for holiday eating

These suggestions can help you negotiate the excesses of the holiday season, so you can enjoy yourself without overindulging. (Locked) More »