Hearty Nutrition

Healthy eating will lower heart disease deaths

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Heart disease has been around for centuries and still plagues many Americans. The Federal government can help by starting intervention policies that promote healthy eating.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease or cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in America. Researchers believe those deaths can be reduced by implementing intervention policies that promote healthy eating.

"Eat more vegetables, and your heart will thank you."

Professor Simon Capewell, from the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool, found that intervention policies that incorporate and encourage healthy eating could help lower levels of cardiovascular disease at the individual and population level. Capewell believes eating more healthily will reduce your risks of cardiovascular disease.

The death rate could be lowered by up to 50 percent if people started eating better. The researchers found six foods that would help improve the rates at which people are dying from cardiovascular disease. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, vegetable oils (instead of animal fats) and fish or seafood are better for health.

Adding these foods to people’s diets could lead to 9.2 million fewer deaths. Limiting salt and trans fat would also have positive effects on cardiovascular disease rates – nearly 2.6 million people could be saved.

Mark Bans, D.C., believes "One of the biggest things a person can do is to cut out excess sugars, carbs, processed and fast foods from their diet. Watching food portion size is important too. Moreover, speak with a registered dietitian to discuss which food is best for you."

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Review Date: 
September 21, 2011
Last Updated:
September 26, 2011