Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Salt By Stealth

Eat less salt, lower your risk of heart failure.

We know this, but are often not coached very well on how to achieve it. For example, in this research report, researchers found that patients THINK they are lowering their salt by having a few less shakes on their food at the table.

But this is NOT where the salt is coming from. In fact, about 70 percent of the sodium in the American diet comes from processed food products -- like canned soups, lunch meats and fast food, not from salt added to home-cooked meals.

Some of the highest-sodium foods eaten by the study participants included hot dogs, sausage and bacon, canned soups, salad dressings, condiments, fast food, lunch meat, bread, pizza, processed entrees, prepared grits and cornbread.

The take-home message is this: a little salt on your broccoli is okay but, even with that, you will drastically lower your total intake by simply eating real food. And the safest way of all is to just make your own food in your own home. That way, you can leave the bucket o' salt in your cupboard and out of your dinner!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Boring News

Yawn. Ho-hum. Here it is again. Another study to confirm that the Mediterranean diet basically rules.

Now the Archives of Internal Medicine weighs in to show that the Mediterranean diet "is the only dietary pattern associated with a lower risk for heart disease."

Faux foods, on the other hand, (foods with synthetics, trans-fatty acids, and additive sugars were associated with detrimental effects on heart health.

The review supports the Mediterranean dietary pattern, which is rich in cereals, wine, fruits, nuts, legumes and whole grains, fish and olive oil, and low in meat and faux foods.

It's really good for what ails you ... linked to longer life, less heart disease, and protection against some cancers. The diet's main nutritional components include beta-carotene, vitamin C, tocopherols, polyphenols, and essential minerals.

Blah blah blah ... but the bottom line is that when you eat real food, you get those nutrients. When you eat them in control, you don't eat so much that you make them become bad for you.

Source: Archives of Internal Medicine 13 April 2009, Volume 169, Number 7, Pages 659-669

“A Systematic Review of the Evidence Supporting a Causal Link Between Dietary Factors and Coronary Heart Disease”

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