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Student Health Center

Healthy You @ RSUFebruary 2008

Three Foods Your HEART Hungers For

Oatmeal:

  • Doctors recommend oatmeal as part of a cholesterol – lowering plan because your body needs to use bile acids to digest this complex carbohydrate.
  • To replenish bile-acid stores after digestion, the body has to draw on its own cholesterol sources.
  • Eating a bowl of oatmeal is like a taking a sponge to the bad cholesterol that’s in your blood.

Omega-3’s:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to be beneficial for the heart.
  • Positive effects include anti-inflammatory and anti-blood clotting actions, lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reducing blood pressure.
  • These fatty acids may also reduce the risks and symptoms for other disorders including diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, some cancers, and mental decline.

Fruits & Vegetables:

  • Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants that are critically important in the fight against heart disease. 
  • 9-12 servings are recommended daily, with 60% being vegetables.
  • It sounds like a lot but a few ideas include adding raisins to oatmeal, strawberries to cottage cheese, drinking orange juice, and steaming vegetables for dinner.