The shocking heart-healthy meals
What is your heart-healthy diet like? Is it filled with leafy greens, tomatoes, and other low-fat foods?
If so, that’s great. Well, except for the low-fat part. Fats can contribute to heart health provided you get the right ones.
Healthy fats in nuts, fish, avocado, olive oil, and other natural sources are all linked to improved heart health and a lower risk of heart disease.
However, meat can get a bad rap. But when it comes to unprocessed meat, the rep is undersupplied.
Meat has saturated fats, but that doesn’t mean it has to harm the body. There is a lot of research to suggest that fat and cholesterol from fresh meat have a neutral effect on the body – that is, it may not be “good”, but it has no negative effects.
Additionally, meat can help your body increase nitric oxide, which promotes better blood flow, relaxed veins, and improved blood flow.
How does it work? Meat, poultry, and seafood are all good sources of coenzyme Q10, a nutrient that can play a huge role in nitric oxide levels.
Heart healthy food comes in many forms. Only processed foods are excluded. Processed meats like packaged lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, jerky, fast food burgers, etc. are not good for you. Even sugary snacks, refined grains or fatty side dishes are not.
But when food is fresh and unprocessed, everything has a certain value.
Now, there are some conditions to consider when choosing meat as part of a heart healthy diet. If you have pre-existing or borderline heart disease, you may not want to eat rib eye steak three times a week. Stick with salmon.
If you start out on a fairly healthy diet – one high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains – including a variety of fresh meats, you will likely benefit even more. Meat is a rich source of protein and other nutrients that promote better health.
A healthy heart may not always look what you think or the media suggests. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, and including different types of fresh meat in your pursuit of a healthy heart has significant value and potential benefit.