Heart disease is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, and a healthy lifestyle is the most effective way to protect oneself. A heart-healthy diet typically focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, nuts, seeds, pulses (the term for legumes, beans, and peas), and lean proteins such as seafood, skinless poultry, and low-fat dairy products. At the same time, a heart-healthy diet tends to be low in:
- Saturated fat from red meat, whole milk dairy foods, and certain tropical fats
- Sodium, which tends to be high in highly-processed foods
- Added sugars, which are common in not only sodas and desserts, but also bread, cereals and condiments
- Refined grains such as white bread and white rice
For heart-health, the type of fat consumed also matters. Most of the fat in this diet should come from plant-based, non-tropical oils (such as olive or avocado oil), as well as nuts, seeds, and oily seafood (like salmon).
Enjoying craveable cuisines and satisfying flavors while staying within these heart-healthy parameters is easy when choosing our heart health bundle. Of the 14 meals in this bundle, red meat is only contained in one of them, which demonstrates the fact that one can choose red meat, but it’s eaten infrequently on a heart-healthy plan.
Importantly, the saturated fat value for meals in this bundle never exceeds 5 grams. This is in keeping with the American Heart Association’s recommendation to limit saturated fat to no more than 6 percent of one’s daily calories. As an example, for a person following a 2,000 calorie per day diet, that recommendation would translate to no more than 13 grams of saturated fat each day.
Each of the meals in this bundle has no more than 590 mg of sodium, and some have much less. For those living with heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends decreasing sodium intake to no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day and striving to limit sodium intake to no more than 1,500 mg per day. The majority of sodium in our diets comes from heavily processed foods and restaurant fare, so choosing this bundle means having the convenience of a delicious, ready-to-heat meal without worrying about what’s in it.
All of our food is cooked with either olive or avocado oil, which is important because they’re each a good source of heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Additionally, each meal includes at least one hearty serving of vegetables, which provides a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber.
For those following a heart-healthy diet, eating out can be challenging—many restaurants are not required to publish nutrition information, and portion size and manner of preparation can vary day to day. We suggest eating in with one of the flavorful meals in this bundle!
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