Dietary Factors in Preventing Heart Disease

Dietary Factors in Preventing Heart Disease
As coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the UK, more attention should be paid to preventing the disease. Many patients suffering from heart disease realise that it was mainly caused by their diet. Research has shown that elevated levels of ldl cholesterol are associated with increased risk of heart disease. ? Studies indicate that for every 1% elevation in the bad cholesterol there is a 2% increase in risk of heart disease? (A leaflet on heart disease.) Continually it has been proved that a low-fat, high fibre diet rich in unrefined complex carbohydrates helps lower the risk of heart disease and improve general heart health. ? Professor Kay-tee khaw studied 19,496 people aged between 45 and 79, he found that these with the highest vitamin C intakes had the lowest heart death rates.? (http://news-bbc-co.uk) Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is commonly used to boost the immune system to ward of colds or flu; vitamin C is on antioxidant that destroys harmful substances in the body called free radicals.
? A 50g increase in fruit and vegetables can cut the death rate by 20%? (http://news-bbc-co.uk.) Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and if found in many fruits and vegetables, antioxidants prevent cholesterol from oxidising and so reducing the risk of C.H.D. Benecol foods are another way to help prevent Heart Disease. The unique ingredients in benecol foods block the absorption of cholesterol into the body. ? In Finland over 1 million have eaten Benecol margarine since 1995. Benecol is the first and only range of foods to contain plant stanol ester.? (www.benecol.co.uk/howben-cont.html) All Benecol foods contain plant stanol ester, a unique ingredient derived from plants that has the ability to work with your body to actually lower blood cholesterol when eaten as part of a healthy diet. Benecol has a range of foods that are easy to include in your diet, e.g. yoghurts, cheeses and spreads. These I have noticed are readily available in shops and are not out of reach of a reasonable budget. Benecol foods taste no different to your ordinary foods. Two are three servings a day will give you the optimum cholesterol reducing effect combined with a healthy eating routine. ?Once you start eating benecol foods regularly, your cholesterol levels may begin to fall within 1 to 2 weeks? (www.benecol.co.uk) Benecol does have one downfall, if you stop eating it, the cholesterol your blood will return to its original level so once you start, it is unadvisable to stop if it is helping reduce your cholesterol. ? Aim to eat oily fish 2-3 times a week? (Fats of life, health which? Dec. 2003.) Oily fish contains, omega 3 and omega 6 oils these are essential. They are heart-protecting oils, which help lower your risk of heart disease. Everybody should be tying to eat 2-3 portions of oily fish per week, before heart disease occurs this is a precaution. ?It has been proven that 2/4 people who started eating low fat foods have had their cholesterol levels drop? Leaflet on D.G. Many people take low fat foods such as lean meat, fish and chicken, I asked my local butcher what were his thoughts that people eat more low fat meats than previous years he told me, ?A lot of people are coming in and ordering the low-fat meals. Not only that but they?re asking for smaller portions. I don?t know weather that?s good or bad. People need some fat in their diet.?

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