Eating Right For A Healthy Heart

Posted on September 8, 2017 in Living Well with 0 Comments

Every time the talk about eating right comes up, there’s always someone or some people who think it’s unnecessary to bother if you have no health issues. Eating right is something for people with a health condition, they think, or maybe for when you’re trying to lose some weight. Well, while it is true that people with diagnosed health conditions or weight issues have to maintain a meal plan that is right for them, healthy people do too.

We’ve all heard the statement “prevention is better than cure” at some point. That’s because it is generally true – and it is true for your heart as well. Now, we know that certain things like physical activity, abstaining from smoking (cigarettes, pipes, etc) and not drinking too much alcohol are good habits to keep your heart healthy. Maintaining a healthy diet is also another vital way to keep your heart healthy.

Eating right for a healthy heart isn’t necessarily about portion control, mind you. There are obviously certain meals that are great for your heart and others that aren’t. Now, this is not another attempt to stop you from eating all the delicious tasting meals you love. We’re trying to showcase the kinds of foods you should eat more of to keep your heart healthy.

These are some of the meals you should consider adding to your diet to keep your heart healthy:

  1. Salmon, Mackerel, sardines and other seafood high in Omega-3, which is great for the heart. It is recommended that at least two servings of fish a week will reduce your risk of having a heart attack. Omega-3 fatty acids are a class of unsaturated fats commonly found in fish and they help the body suppress inflammations that affect blood vessels and cause heart diseases and strokes. Fancy a heart healthy meal packed with Omega 3? Why not try our Seafood Okro Recipe, made with Mamador Cooking Oil for a healthy heart.
  2. Oatmeals. Oats are rich in soluble fiber, which help to reduce body cholesterol. Recent research shows that Oats contain other amazing properties that help keep the heart in good shape, beyond it being rich in fiber.
  3. Nuts, virgin olive oil, and Avocado. Nuts and avocado contain heart-friendly fats. Virgin olive oil contains polyphenol, which is a compound of micronutrients which help the body fight off degenerative diseases like heart diseasesOur Poached Eggs with Avocado on Toast Recipe can add some much needed heart-friendly fats into your diet – try the recipe here.
  4. Fruits and vegetables. We can’t stress this enough. Since we were kids, everyone has been told to eat more fruits and vegetables. It’s because fruits and vegetables are famously rich in potassium, antioxidants and other nutrients that help the body regulate blood pressure and reduce damage to the arteries.
  5. Dark Chocolate (rich in cocoa) also good for the heart because it is rich in antioxidants and other compounds that suppress the risk factors associated with heart diseases. Stuck for ideas on a dark chocolate recipe? Enjoy a guilt-free indulgence on our Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe here.

Like we’ve said before, eating right for your heart doesn’t necessarily mean cutting off from foods that you love. Many delicious meals can be made from the suggestions we’ve made above. The goal is to ensure that you’re deliberate about what you’re consuming, as regards how they affect your heart.

At Mamador we want to show our fans that healthy food can still taste delicious, click here to go to our Cookbook packed full of heart healthy recipes that taste amazing as well as being good for you.

You may also like our previous post on Good Fat Vs Bad Fat: All You Need to Know

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