Steps to Heart-Healthy Diet

Title 1: 8 Steps to Heart-Healthy Diet

Citation: Staff, M. (2019, January 09). 8 Steps to Heart-Healthy Diet. Retrieved November 01, 2020, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/dis…

Summary: This source went in-depth and explained eight tips to create a heart-healthy diet. Since my topic is regarding heart disease I knew that I wanted to incorporate some “healthy eating” tips into my report. It is important to remember to control your portion size. Using a small plate or bowl may make it easier for one not to overeat. Including more fruits and vegetables in your diet is also essential. Not only are fruits and vegetables low in calories and rich in dietary fibers but they’re also a great source of vitamins and minerals. Whole grains play a big role in regulating blood pressure and overall heart health, and they’re also a great source of fiber. It is crucial to reduce the amount of saturated and trans fat that one consumes daily because such fats can increase your blood cholesterol and increase your risk of coronary artery disease. Another thing that I learned from this article is that it’s very important to choose low-fat proteins such as chicken and fish. Cutting out sodium and planning your meals ahead can also have a positive impact on your diet.

Title 2: The American Food Supply: Not Fit for European Consumption

Citation: Shore, J. (2019, May 28). The American Food Supply: Not Fit for European Consumption. Focus for Health. https://www.focusforhealth.org…

Summary: This source compared the United State’s food industry to Europe’s food industry. This article was written in May of 2019 and at the time over 60% of American citizens were considered overweight or clinically obese. Secondary health conditions associated with obesity are predicted to bankrupt the healthcare system in the near future. Europe does not let any unknown or suspected carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) in their foos, whereas the United States operates under the “innocent until proven guilty” model. The scary thing is that the United States government relies on the companies who are producing their goods to prove their own guilt. The US has much more relaxed regulations in comparison to other countries. For instance, yellow dyes 5 & 6, red dye 40, blue dye 1, and caramel coloring, all FDA approved in the US as GRAS (therefore widely used by US food producers) are linked to neurological problems, allergies, brain cancer, ADD, and ADHD. Other countries don’t agree with the US recognition of their “safety”, so these same chemical additives are banned in France, UK, Norway, Austria, and Finland.

Title 3: Are We as Fat as We Think?

Citation: Matthews, S. E. (2014, June 3). American Obesity Rates vs. World Obesity Rates – Everyday Health. EverydayHealth.Com. https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/are-we-fat-think/#:~:text=The analysis showed that the,36.9 percent of women worldwide.

Summary: In 1980, 857 million people worldwide were considered overweight or obese, and by 2013 that number had more than doubled. Back in 2014 nearly one out of every three people were considered either overweight or obese. This statistic stood out to me since obesity has been linked to heart disease. Statistics show that the United States is home to the highest number of overweight and obese people worldwide. Unfortunately, that is mainly due to our poor food regulations and lack of exercise. In 2014, 70.9% of men and 61.9% of women were considered overweight or obese in the United States, compared to 38% of men and 36.9% of women worldwide. Since our obesity rates are so high there is also a lot of childhood obesity here in the United States. Habits are created at a young age and are typically carried with a person during their whole life. It’s very important to teach children healthy habits so that they can reduce their risk of heart disease later in life. 

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