Student Health Center
Three Foods Your HEART Hungers For
- 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 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.