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STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

Healthy You @ RSU

February 2008

Three Foods Your HEART Hungers For

Oatmeal Omega-3’s Fruits & Vegetables

 

Bowl of oatmeal.

Doctors recommend oatmeal as part of a cholesterol – lowering plan because your body needs to use bile acids to digest this complex carbohydrate.

To replenish bile-acid stores after digestion, the body has to draw on its own cholesterol sources.

Eating a bowl of oatmeal is like a taking a sponge to the bad cholesterol that’s in your blood.


Fish on a cutting board.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to be beneficial for the heart.

Positive effects include anti-inflammatory and anti-blood clotting actions, lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reducing blood pressure.

These fatty acids may also reduce the risks and symptoms for other disorders including diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, some cancers, and mental decline.


Vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants that are critically important in the fight against heart disease. 

9-12 servings are recommended daily, with 60% being vegetables.

It sounds like a lot but a few ideas include adding raisins to oatmeal, strawberries to cottage cheese, drinking orange juice, and steaming vegetables for dinner.