Posts Tagged ‘Cardiovascular disease’

Fruits and vegetables are good for your heart: Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites

So the larger question remains: does eating fruits and vegetables that are high in flavonoids affect those clinical precursors to heart disease? Or even more simply, can eating fruits and vegetables directly affect your risk of heart disease?

It would appear so …

via Fruits and vegetables are good for your heart: Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites.

We love this particular mailing list, produced by a chef who is a physician — how cool is that — it’s always full of information, especially if have a particular diet because of a medical issue, or a concern, or a potential drug interaction with food.


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Predimed study results are out — what it means for the Mediterranean diet

English: Olives in olive oil.

The results are in … the Mediterranean diet has been shown, rather forcefully, to produce better heart outcomes in at-risk individuals than a very strict low-fat diet.

Specifically, an unrestricted diet featuring quite a large amount of olive oil and nuts per week, beats a very low fat diet.

Have to read this with a rather large grain of salt, comparing only what the study compared — good fats vs. no fat.  Good fats produced better results than non-fat, even with quantities of olive oil and nuts that’s beyond what you’re likely going to eat yourself — approaching 25% of your total intake calories.  That in itself is remarkable, and may signal the end of the Ornish style of fat avoidance.

Interestingly enough, the fat-avoidance plan had already been found to be much better as far as heart outcomes than a typical American diet.

There are related studies coming out this week too — eating a Mediterranean diet costs a little more than the typical American weekly food spend. But only $3 or so, and again, take that with a grain of salt, because they’re just calculating the cost of supplementing your regular diet with a liter of olive oil and a half pound of nuts a week.

Is it more expensive?  Maybe, but you’ll make that up in avoided trips to your favorite unhealthy food outlets.  Is it better?  YES.

Theoretical link between red meat and heart disease

Roast beef cooked under high heat

Roast beef cooked under high heat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NYT: Study points to new culprit in heart disease – Health – Heart health | NBC News

More like before but this one doesn’t rely on mouse studies to the extent others have.

Definitely worth reading.  Note the practical conclusion of the researcher himself to not totally eliminate red meat but not to eat it often.

We’d be curious as to whether the association is only with feedlot beef, or only with certain cuts of beef …. look for more studies to come.

Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

National survey data also indicate that excessive consumption of added sugars is contributing to overconsumption of discretionary calories by Americans. On the basis of the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines, intake of added sugars greatly exceeds discretionary calorie allowances, regardless of energy needs. In view of these considerations, the American Heart Association recommends reductions in the intake of added sugars. A prudent upper limit of intake is half of the discretionary calorie allowance, which for most American women is no more than 100 calories per day and for most American men is no more than 150 calories per day from added sugars.

Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.

There’s pretty inflammatory a new abstract out, so sweetened beverages and their link to obesity is top of the page news on CNN this morning.  Since the beverage industry is already counter-spinning this one, we’ll default back to the 2009 recommendation, above, which your doctor likely follows.

100 calories per day in added sugar from all sources — anything you eat or drink that has any form of sugar inserted into it.  That’s everything from iced tea to hamburger buns.

The only way to get there is to base your diet on real, unadulterated food.  Even one can of soda puts you over that, but so does pretty much any “normal” meal consisting mostly of processed, boxed, commercially adapted food.

Calcium Supplements May Raise Odds of Heart Death in Women – WebMD

Calcium dietary supplement tablets.

A number of recent studies have suggested that higher dietary intake or calcium supplementation may not only not improve cardiovascular health — they may be associated with increased risk for cardiovascular events and mortality

via Calcium Supplements May Raise Odds of Heart Death in Women – WebMD.

Women getting more than 1,400 milligrams of calcium a day were more than twice as likely to die than women getting 600 to 999 milligrams a day.

If you are taking a calcium supplement, this is definitely something to discuss with your doctor.  There’s a trend developing to not supplement calcium directly, if it can be supplemented naturally by your choice of foods.  This is another brick in the wall on the subject of taking a daily multivitamin/mineral pill.  Many if not all of the ingredients have been found to either do nothing or actually contribute toward problems down the road.

By all means do not change your  supplementation without talking to your physician first.  Follow their recommendations.