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Help for Heart Disease
A Dietary Guide
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Nutrition and Lifeskills for Missouri Families
By: Candance Gabel, MS, RD, LD,
Associate State Nutrition Specialist, Family Nutrition Education Program, 
Adapted from: Preventive and Therapeutic Nutrition Handbook

If you have a heart disease you have probably been advised to maintain a healthy weight, reduce your cholesterol, total fat, and saturated fat intake. You may have also been advised to increase your fruit, vegetable, fiber and fish consumption. The following information will help you meet your dietary needs:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables frequently; try packing some to snack on throughout the day.
  • Add lettuce, tomato, sprouts, cucumbers and other vegetables to sandwiches.
  • Try a new vegetable or fruit each week.
  • Eat a high-fiber cereal each morning. Choose a cereal that has 6 grams of fiber per serving.
  • Make Friday fish day. Select a fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such as bluefish, halibut, herring, mackerel, mullet, sablefish, and salmon.
  • Trim all fat and skin from meat and poultry before cooking.
  • Use non-fat yogurt instead of ice cream.
  • Use fat-free or low-fat alternatives such as fat-free mayonnaise, salad dressing, or crackers.
  • Add seasonings such as garlic powder, pepper, and herbs to vegetables rather than margarine.
  • For exercise, use stairs and park your car at a distance.

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