Eat a heart-healthy diet!

When being at home more than usual it’s easy to snack all day. However, to maximise heart health it’s important to eat a healthy diet and enjoy a variety of nutritious foods.

Eating a healthy diet has many health benefits including improving your heart health and reducing your risk of developing cancer. Cancers associated with diet are commonly found in the digestive tract, including the oesophagus, stomach, and bowel.

There are numerous ways you can incorporate different foods to improve your diet.

Different ways to eat well include:

  • Eating a variety of raw and cooked vegetables, fruit, and legumes (think traffic lights and rainbows)
  • Eating more nuts, seeds and wholegrain cereals.
  • Limiting red meat to no more than three or four times a week. On the other days choose fish, poultry, canned beans, or lentils.
  • Choosing foods low in salt.
  • Avoiding too much fat, especially saturated fat. Choose low-fat yoghurt, cheese, and milk instead of full cream.
  • Be aware of hidden fats and sugars in packaged foods, snack foods, cakes, and takeaways.
  • Whenever possible eat foods that are less processed, for example wholegrain and seeded bread, wholegrain pasta)

You can read more about the importance of a healthy diet and the benefits here. If you are looking to spice up your recipes or wanting some healthier alternatives, browse recipes here.

Eating a good diet can also help with preventing low iron. Certain foods such as red meat, beans, tofu, nuts, and green leafy vegetables are all high in iron and so we recommend eating lots of these. To read more about iron filled foods and iron deficiency visit: www.reydonstreet.com.au/services/iron-deficiency-mt-gravatt/

If you are looking to improve your diet and wanting advice on how to do this talk to one of our GPs today. Book online here: www.reydonstreet.com.au/billing-arrangements/bookings/

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