Whole-Grains to Prevent Another Heart Attack
In this year alone, ~ 1 million people in the
United States will have a heart attack! Fortunately many receive prompt
attention, and they will survive their heart attacks. What these folks do with
their lifestyle habits can determine if they lead long healthy lives, even
though they have experienced a heart attack.
Harvard researchers find that a good fiber intake may reduce risk of death after a heart attack.
This Harvard Study included 5,000
men and women who had experienced a heart attack. Those with the highest fiber after their heart attack had the lowest risk of death from any cause. Reminder: there
are three dietary fiber sources….. vegetables, fruits, and grains.
Researchers found that GRAINS offered the greatest protection from
having another heart attack. Whole-grains include barley, oats, whole-grain
rice, whole-grain wheat, and whole-grain rye.
How much total fiber should we be taking in?
The Dietary Guidelines suggest at least 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.
Slowly begin to make some fiber switch-outs at home.
Get a fiber boost: Have you tried the
Barilla multi-grain pasta when serving baked ziti or spaghetti? It is such an
easy and delicious replacement. If you are feeding children unaccustomed to
these whole-grains, just begin to make change at your meals. Perhaps mix
regular pasta and multi-grain half-and-half. It’s a good start.