Five Roles Your Diet Plays Into Heart Disease

Posted on: 16 August 2017

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Heart disease is one of the common causes of death in the United States and it mostly has to do with diet. If heart disease runs in your family, it's even more important to pay close attention to what you are eating. Here's the five roles your diet plays into heart disease:

  1. Salt Levels: Reducing the amount of salt intake is highly important when it comes to preventing heart disease. You should limit the amount of salt you are adding to your meals, but mostly you should limit the amount of high-sodium foods you are eating, such as ramen, canned salsa, and more. Paying attention to the sodium levels of prepackaged foods you purchase is extremely important. 
  2. Potassium Levels: Higher levels of potassium is important for preventing heart disease, as well. You should incorporate bananas into your diet. However, bananas aren't the only food that have potassium. To mix it up, you can also include sweet potatoes, avocado, yogurt, and even beans, especially black beans. Just be sure that you also pay attention to the sodium levels if you are buying the beans canned. 
  3. Dairy Levels: A lower intake of dairy is also a good idea. You can switch out dairy milk for almond milk or rice milk. You also want to double check on the amount of sodium in these things, as well before purchasing since they are packaged and each are made differently. You can also choose to eat dairy-free ice cream. Any small thing you do to limit your dairy intake can be beneficial. 
  4. Tea and Coffee Levels: Believe it or not, but regular coffee drinkers can find themselves at a lower risk for heart disease. However, if you aren't a coffee drinker, tea is also beneficial for your heart and a good way to mix up what you are drinking throughout the day when drinking lots of water too. 
  5. Diet Levels: Choosing a specific diet can definitely help you to maintain a heart healthy diet. Certain diets, such as the Nordic diet, Mediterranean diet, and DASH diet have all been found to have great effects on the heart. Choosing to stick to one of these can lead you on the right path for your heart health, especially if you find that eating healthy is challenging for you. 

When you know what levels of your diet play a role, you can be more proactive in preventing heart disease, especially if it's something that runs in your family.