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Healthy Heart Post....take  #195 in three...two...one... Once more into the breach of diet and heart health news and information!.  Again, I am interested in heart health and given these CDC stats, shouldn't we all be?

Heart Disease in the United States

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.1
  • One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.1
  • About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.2
  • Heart disease costs the United States about $219 billion each year...including the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death.
The numbers tell a heavy story of expense and loss but a bulwark of prevention may be as close as your kitchen.

Yahoo News has a report out from researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public  Health studied up to 30 years of dietary data from 210,145 Americans to assess how much certain foods influence our heart disease and stroke risks.

What we have been told and told and are now told again that the keys to heart health may be red wine, coffee and vegetables. Researches found that consuming foods high in antioxidants – leafy greens, yellow veggies, coffee, tea and red wine – were linked to reduced inflammation and heart disease risks.

Diets high in these foods are consistently ranked among the healthiest in the world including the Mediterranean diet, which prioritizes healthy fats and fresh produce over red meat and processed foods, and the Blue Zones diet, modeled after regions around the world where people have the longest, healthiest lives.

On the flip side, they found a diet high in pro-inflammatory ingredients, like processed meat and refined carbs, could increase a person's risk of heart disease by 46% and stroke by 28%. contrast, the study found that participants who ate a lot of anti-inflammatory foods had a lower risk of developing heart disease.

The conclusion - A better knowledge of the health protection provided by different foods and dietary patterns should provide the basis for designing dietary protections against heart disease say study authors..."When choosing foods in our diet, we should indeed beware of their pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory potential."

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