By DR. LEITH ABDULLA MD
February 09, 2021
A healthy lifestyle and a healthy heart go hand in hand, and one of the most important factors in heart health is diet. A balanced, nutritious meal plan is key in keeping your heart and body strong and functioning optimally.
At Dr. Leith Abdulla Cardiology, with locations in Rockville and Olney, our cardiologists can help you find the right diet to ensure your heart is at its healthiest. Here are some of the key ingredients of a heart-healthy diet:
Fruits and vegetables
Produce -- fresh, frozen, or canned with no added salts or sweeteners -- contains vitamins and nutrients needed for overall health. When possible, choose high fiber fruits and vegetables like apples, berries, broccoli, and green beans.
Because too much sodium can affect your blood pressure, use a light hand with the salt shaker, or try herbs and seasonings to enhance the flavor of your vegetables. Try olive oil instead of butter or margarine on your vegetables, and a heart healthy oil and vinegar blend on salads instead of bottled dressings, which can be high in salt, sugar and saturated fats.
Dairy based fats, such as cream, butter and whole milk, can be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Trans fats, sometimes found in packaged baked goods and snacks, are also damaging to your heart. Healthy fat options include avocado, nuts, olive oil and seeds. Ask your cardiologist at our Rockville or Olney office to recommend the right amount of fat to include in your diet based on your age, weight and overall health.
Fiber rich grains and legumes
Whole grains, beans, lentils, quinoa, oats and brown rice are great choices for heart health, with fiber, protein and nutrients.
Opt for lean meats over fatty cuts like steak, bacon or ham, and try non-meat protein sources like tofu, yogurt, soy products and beans. Talk to your cardiologist at our Rockville or Olney office if you are interested in exploring a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Excess drinking can be damaging to your heart, liver and overall health. Keep alcoholic beverages at a minimum, or abstain completely.
Call your cardiologist at our Rockville office at 301-881-5858, or our Olney office at 301-774-5260 to learn more about heart health.