Heart disease is a very important condition, which in our country is increasing day by day. It is even affecting young people and leading to premature deaths. Therefore, Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Dr. Sarita Gulati, Senior Consultant - Cardiac Science, HCMCT, Manipal Hospitals, about a healthy heart diet:
Initially, it is very important to reduce the intake of saturated fats in your diet. Most of the saturated fats are four in animal products. Few of the plant based sources are coconut oil and palm oil.
Instead of saturated fats, you can have foods that have polyunsaturated fats. These oils are basically liquids at the room temperature. Good polyunsaturated fat examples are rice bran oil, mustard oil, canola oil and corn oil. You should use these for your cooking media.
Trans fats are the fats that are majorly found in bakery products like biscuits and cakes. These foods should surely be avoided and the total fat and simple carbohydrate intake (white rice, white bread) should also be reduced for a healthy heart.
It is also important to avoid sugary foods such as barfi and reduce your sugar intake in total. You can consume complex carbs instead, like multigrain atta roti. Daily protein intake should also be increased. Vegetarians should look for better protein sources for a healthy heart.
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