Title

Practical Dietary Approaches to Reducing Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

4-3-2007

Abstract

As a follow-up to a previous review on the relationship between diet and cardiovascular disease risk, this article offers practical advice for making appropriate dietary changes. Reliable resources and Web sites are discussed, as well as general concepts in diet planning. These include reading food labels, controlling serving sizes, and selecting foods with high nutrient density and low energy density. Tips for reducing intakes of total fats, saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium are also included, as well as guidelines for increasing intakes of vegetables, legumes, fruits, and whole grains. The importance of obtaining heart-healthy nutrients from food sources rather than supplements is emphasized. Overall, one's whole diet is critical to reducing cardiovascular disease risk, not just one food component. © 2007, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Volume

1

Issue

2

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