AHA Recommendations Encourage Heart-healthy Eating And Lifestyle Changes
Heart Association (AHA) has released new recommendations on how to
lower cardiovascular risk by focusing on long-term permanent changes in
eating habits and physical activity.
recommendations, called "Making Healthy Food and Lifestyle Choices: Our
Guide for American Adults," address the challenge of maintaining a
healthy diet while eating more food prepared outside of the home.
offers a list of ways that practitioners, restaurants, the food
industry, schools and local governments can help the general public eat
healthy and adapt to the updated recommendations.
is urged to gradually reduce the salt and sugar content of processed
foods, while increasing the proportion of whole grains compared to
white flour in baked goods.
- Balance the number of calories consumed with the number of calories burned
- Avoid adding saturated fat, sugar or salt during food preparation
- Be aware of portion size
- Saturated fat intake should be less than 7 percent- a change from less than 10 percent
- Trans fatty acids should be less than 1 percent of total calories
- Watch for liquid calories found in soft drinks, fruit drinks, fruit juices and alcoholic beverages
- Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day
- Avoid tobacco products
recommendations also address different groups such as children, older
adults, or individuals who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease.
For more information on the American Heart Association, visit www.americanheart.org