Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is also one of the main causes of death in Canada and is killing more and more people throughout the world.
Dietary advice for reducing heart disease risk includes eating a balanced diet with less saturated fat from red meats, more fresh fruits and vegetables, more fish, less sugar, more fiber and for many people, fewer total calories. Read more
A reader asks, "I've always been told that fats are bad for us, so I cut most of them out of my diet. Then I heard that omega-3 fatty acids are good for us. I know omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, but can I get them from other foods? Why are they so beneficial?" Read my answer
The potential health claim for chocolate is that it's good for your heart. Chocolate is made from cocoa, which contains polyphenols, which may work as antioxidants that lower LDL-cholesterol (the bad kind) and reduce blood pressure. The hope is that eating some chocolate every day will decrease your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Read more
Sea salt is sometimes touted as being better for you than regular table salt, but both types of salt probably have the same impact on your health. Too much sodium is linked to high blood pressure and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease in some people. Sea salt and regular table salt both contain sodium and chloride, in the same ratio, so chemically there is almost no difference. Read more