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What You should know about Heart Attack Recovery Diet


Your diet is a crucial part of your heart attack recovery, and there's a fair number of diet related tidbits that will be shared here.

If you prefer a more specific approach, here are 4 well known diet plans in connection with heart attack recovery:

  • The Mediterranean Diet - Like living in Greece... fish, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, garlic, even wine, occasionally, but not much meat.
  • The South Beach Diet - Initially low-carb and low-fat, this one has different stages - more restrictive at first and then gradually easing in more options.
  • The Paleo Diet - No bread, dairy, or sugar. Eat like a caveman – hunt, fish, and gather your food which consists of meat, fish, eggs, and veggies, plus fruits and nuts.
  • The Ornish Program - A vegetarian program that can be pretty tough to stick with for an extended period of time. However, if your situation is extreme, then your diet may need to be extreme, too - at least for a while.

The Diet Dilemma

Is Fat (cholesterol) Or Sugar The Problem... Or Both?

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Most heart attack diets stress increased consumption of fruits and vegetables-for both fiber and nutrients, but they vary from that. There's more than one school of thought on what's actually behind the high percentage of heart attacks in the US in our diets, and perhaps what we shouldn't consume.

The Hypothesis Actually Preferred By Most Of Our Medical Professionals Is That Fat (specifically LDL – Labeled "bad" Fat) Is The Culprit

You eat cold water fish and chicken (a fraction of the size of the deck of cards) instead of other meat, filling 2/3 of your plate with fruit and vegetables, reducing milk to low fat or no fat, and cutting back on whole eggs. Any Trans Fats (read the labels) are a big no - these are quite prevalent in baked goods. Advocates of this theory, when asked why the French (who eat rich sauces on their food and butter on their croissants) do not have a high percentage of heart attacks, don't really have an answer.

Another school of thought that is gaining popularity is that inflammation is the real source of the problem, and while polyunsaturated fats (corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, peanut oil and soybean oil) are denounced as inflammation generators, sugar also fanes flames of inflammation (and raises triglycerides).

Subscribing to this theory, your diet would focus on 1.) eliminating the oils mentioned, 2.) reducing all added sugar intake to less than 25 grams per day (just one cookie might have that much), and 3.) greatly limiting carbohydrate consumption since carbs are converted to sugar in your body. Advocates of this theory claim the anti-inflammatory effect of statin drugs, not the cholesterol lowering, is what is working.

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About The Authors

Paolo Reyna

Paolo Reyna - Paolo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in International Studies with a Latin American emphasis. During the fall semester of 2012, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru, which piqued his interest in international growth. He learned about the disparities that impact indigenous peoples, got a taste of Peruvian culture, and improved his Spanish skills. Mitchel interned with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducting research on food security in Latin America, after being inspired by his foreign experience. He wants to work in international development and for a government department, writing legislation. He loves playing intramural basketball and practicing for the Chicago marathon when he is not thinking about current events in Latin America.

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