Diet matters. We should all be mindful of what we eat and don’t eat because a thoughtful diet can help with cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar, as well as help maintain a healthy weight, all important factors for heart health.
Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) May 28, 2013
Heart disease and related issues, including stroke, is the number one killer in America, and what we eat impacts heart health. Keeping the ticker ticking with low sodium meals can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
A heart-healthy diet has been shown to help reduce the risk by as much as 80%, a significant amount worth considering, especially for those with a family history of heart disease.
“Diet matters. We should all be mindful of what we eat and don’t eat because a thoughtful diet can help with cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar, as well as help maintain a healthy weight, all important factors for heart health,” said Rick Anderson, President of Mom’s Meals, a company which prepares and delivers fresh-made meals directly to a customer’s door.
Eating healthy fats, foods rich in nutrients, and fiber, as well as omega-3, protein, and calcium are all essential to maintaining good heart health.
Another important factor is reducing sodium intake. The American Heart Association recommends limiting sodium intake to less than 2,000 milligrams per day, easier said than done, due to the amount of sodium found in processed and canned foods. Frozen foods can even contain high amounts of sodium in an effort to keep them fresh longer. In addition, many sauces contain high amounts of sodium--sometimes more than fifty percent of your daily value per serving.
Mom’s Meals offers tips on how to cut that sodium intake.
1. Reduce consumption of processed and canned foods. If you must use canned products, choose low sodium options. Soups, frozen dinners, and even frozen chicken often have a high salt content, so be sure to read labels before purchasing.
2. Cut out table salt. Think twice before shaking that salt shaker, and try shaking the pepper instead. Sometimes, it’s merely the gesture of the shaking we’ve gotten used to over the years.
3. Cut back on soy sauce and other salty sauces. (Reading the label even once should do the trick!)
4. Have fresh meals, made specifically with low sodium content, delivered to your door. Mom’s Meals offers low sodium, heart healthy options. Mom’s Meals has an entire heart healthy menu to choose from that take the guess work and stress out of preparing heart healthy foods.
5. Be careful how you flavor. Choose condiments, spices, and seasonings carefully. For example, use garlic powder, rather than garlic salt. Condiments are often the biggest source of sodium in a person’s diet. Being more selective will help reduce that number significantly.
Mom’s Meals is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home meal delivery to customers nationwide, specializing in senior and patient care for over a dozen years. The company prepares, packages, and ships ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door, delivered anywhere in the United States, including meals for those with heart-healthy, gluten-free, veggie, low carb, Renal, and Diabetic diets.