A healthy diet 'will help gain a healthy heart'

18 September 2012

People have been told that making a few simple changes to their diet could help to reduce the risk of suffering from heart problems in later life.

HEART UK ambassador and Italian chef Aldo Zilli acknowledged that swapping a sugary fizzy drink for a diet alternative of a carton of juice can make all the difference.

A potato-topped pie is a much healthier meal than a steak pie, while a cereal bar should prove a better snack for the heart and body than a Danish pastry.

Mr Zilli added: "If you cook from fresh ingredients you will always know what is going into your food right from the start. Try to base meals around starchy wholegrains, fruits and vegetables."

Protein size should also be reduced in meals, while people should aim to leave the dinner table before they feel full.

His advice comes soon after a survey by HEART UK, conducted to mark National Cholesterol Week, revealed that almost a third of Brits were unaware that high cholesterol can be inherited.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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