Heart Healthy Foods

May 7, 2012 10:09:33 AM PDT
Heart disease kills more than 1/3 of American women, making it the deadliest disease in America.

Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and co-author of the new book "Saving Women's Hearts," says there is a serious gap between knowing the heart healthy benefits of common foods and actually putting them in your shopping cart. 2/3 of Americans recognize that red wine, salmon, oatmeal or olive oil are heart healthy foods. Only a fraction of these same consumers buy these foods on a monthly basis.

Heart Healthy Foods

  • Coffee: In a recent review moderate coffer consumption (4 cups per day) was associated with 18% reduction in heart disease.
  • Nature's pharmacy: foods fortified with phytosterols Drinks, juices, margarine's, muffins and even chips found in every isle of our grocery store are fortified with plant sterols making them a delicious and substitution for everyday items we are already buying
  • Chocolate: Women love chocolate!!!! Chocolate is ranked as the one of the top flavonoid foods. The anti-oxidant effects of flavonoids can reduce LDL cholesterol and modest high blood pressure.
  • Nuts Almonds and walnuts: We tend to avoid nuts because they are high in fat and calories. Of all the nuts almonds and walnuts have the most research supporting cholesterol lowering benefits
  • Garlic: Garlic is one of the easiest heart healthy foods to incorporate into diets. Add extra garlic to any recipes for heart healthy benefits
  • More about Sherry Torkos (release)

    Sherry Torkos, co-author of Saving Women's Hearts, is a nationally recognized, award-winning pharmacist and frequent and popular guest on morning TV shows around the country. Always energetic, lively and on point, Sherry loves to tell the audience about new and surprising strategies to improve their health and well-being. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992. Sherry has authored fourteen books and booklets including, Saving Women's HeartsThe Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (Wiley 2008), The Glycemic Index Made Simple (Wiley, 2007), Winning at Weight Loss (Wiley, 2 004) and Breaking the Age Barrier (Penguin, 2003). She is a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows where she discusses a variety of medical and natural health topics.

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