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What food can heart patients eat for their breakfast, lunch and dinner?
(August 5, 2011)

In the case of heart patients a sample cardiac diet menu can be planned as under:
  • Breakfast can comprise of a cup of oatmeal (cooked), ½ a whole grain bagel, an apple and a cup of milk.
  • A mid morning snack of an ounce of nuts and a cup of raw carrots with a low fat dip if desired.
  • Lunch can include grilled chicken salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce and low fat dressing, half a cup each of boiled lima beans and steamed broccoli, a roll made from whole wheat and one banana.
  • A mid meal snack can include a cup of fresh apple juice and a cup of low fat or fat free yogurt.
  • Finally dinner can comprise of grilled or baked salmon or chicken, a cup of steamed vegetables, a medium size baked sweet potato and a cup of milk or green tea.

Submitted by N on August 5, 2011 at 12:24


What juice is good for your heart?

People with heart problems are usually advised to follow a very strict diet, which mainly includes those foods that can improve the health of the heart. Recent studies indicate that the consuming certain varieties of anti-oxidant rich juice can also reduce the risks of heart diseases to a great extent. Given below are a few varieties of juice that are believed to be good for the heart:

Cranberry juice:

Many health experts now advise patients to drink cranberry juice for heart problems. This could be because the antioxidants in cranberries help to lower LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) more commonly known as “Bad Cholesterol”. Moreover, these antioxidants also help in relaxing the blood vessels, which further reduces the risks of heart diseases. In case you decide to consume cranberry juice for heart problems, it is important to choose a brand that is low in sugar and contains no artificial flavors or preservatives. For best results you could prepare fresh cranberry juice at home and have it with your meals, in place of soda or an alcoholic beverage. However, before you drink cranberry juice for heart health improvement, talk to your doctor for daily recommended dosage.

Apple Juice:

You have probably heard the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. However, did you know that you could actually reduce your trips to a heart doctor too, by consuming apples and fresh apple juice regularly? A compound known as phytonutrients in apples, delays the breakdown of the bad cholesterol in your body. This in turn reduces the risks of heart diseases. Therefore, several health experts and doctors advise patients to drink apple juice for heart health.

Apart from cranberry and apple juice, you could also try grape juice for healthy heart. It is believed that grape juice is very effective in reducing the risks of heart attacks. However, before making any juice a regular part of your diet, it is best to consult a doctor and get an approval.
Submitted by N on July 28, 2011 at 04:56


Is spicy food good for your heart?

A person’s overall health status is always inevitably linked to the kind of foods he or she eats and the amount o exercise that he or she gets on a regular basis. When it comes to spicy food and its effects on the body, people are still undecided about whether this kind of food is good or bad for you. The link between spicy food and heart rate is, of course, that it increases the heart rate substantially as the body uses a substantial set of muscles to deal with the amount of heat generated by the spicy food.

However, this also brings with it a number of benefits that get a lot of the internal organs of the body up and running. However, because the of the fact that the consumption of spicy food and heart rate are linked, spicy food and heart palpitations are another relationship that could be promoted in the event that you suffer from a heart condition. A weak heart muscle could lead to a heart attack due to spicy food, so it is extremely important to make sure that you consult your doctor about whether spicy food is good or bad for your body.
Submitted by N on July 25, 2011 at 04:54


Why is junk food bad for heart?    

There are many health dangers associated with the excessive eating of junk food. Junk food causes heart diseases and other such medical problems because it is known to be high in saturated fats and transfats as well as sweeteners, sodium and so on whereas its is low in nutrients. One of the heart diseases caused by junk food is coronary heart disease wherein there is an accumulation of plaque in ones arteries which in turn tends to block or hamper the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart. Additionally junk food and heart attacks are also connected because the consumption of junk foods results in the increase of the bad cholesterol and alternatively a decrease in the levels of good cholesterol.

Another one of the heart disease caused by junk food is arteriosclerosis which refers to the hardening of the large arteries resulting in the formation of blood clots or even the rupturing of the artery on account of the accumulation of plaque over time. Similarly junk food also causes heart disease and heat failure on account of the elevated levels of transfats and saturated fats that are present in junk foods. Heart diseases are also known to increase the risk of other complications such as liver and kidney disease as well.
Submitted by N on July 19, 2011 at 04:53


Is cabbage diet good for heart patient?    

Cabbage is typically a low glycemic food that is known to be highly effective in controlling the insulin levels as well as in controlling the blood sugar levels. These two factors are keys to loss of weight and hence many a times doctors will recommend a cabbage diet for heart patients as obesity and being overweight are linked to many heart diseases. However there are also fad diets such as the cabbage soup for heat patients which most doctors will warn one against as they do not provide the body with the required amounts of fat, proteins,

Carbohydrates etc that are required to provide one with a balanced and healthy diet.  One of the main drawback s being on a cabbage diet alone for heart patients and even anyone else that a cabbage diet tends to have a high sodium content which is detrimental to one’s health as it will result in fluid retention and blood pressure related problems that will further aggravate the heart condition if any. Another one of the drawbacks of the cabbage diet for heat patients that it misses out on the intake of proteins and fats which are the major building blocks for good health
Submitted by N on July 14, 2011 at 04:52



Heart disease or cardiovascular disease is usually caused by high cholesterol or by hypertension (high blood pressure). The disease typically affects the arteries which harden, narrow and get blocked and may cause strokes or a heart attack if not detected.

Early intervention is the key to treating heart disease. Usually major lifestyle changes (including dietary changes) are advised.


The following are some of the things to keep in mind for a heart patient:

  • Keep body weight within the recommended limits for your age and height. Excess fat, especially around the waist, has been proven to put people at increased risk for heart disease.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Engage in cardiovascular exercise such as swimming, walking, running for at least 30 minutes, at least three times a week. Check with your doctor about what exercise you should do if your condition is very delicate.
  • Avoid foods containing saturated fats, salty foods, fried foods, red meat and rich desserts which mainly contain refined sugars.
  • Foods rich in magnesium such as broccoli, tofu, spinach and wheat germ will help combat heart disease.
  • Dark chocolate, almonds, fish, fruit, vegetables and garlic are recommended in the diets of heart patients.
  • Small quantities of polyunsaturated fat and omega 3 fatty acids are recommended to lower cholesterol levels. These are typically found in oily fish, flaxseed oil and olive oil.


When designing a diet for heart patient, keep refined carbohydrates and sugars to a minimum and increase the complex carbohydrates, fiber and foods rich in minerals.

  • Breakfast: This should include one serving of fruit plus unsweetened fruit/vegetable juice, cereal like muesli which contains a number of fibrous grains and nuts with milk. Avoid sugary cereals. Eat an egg twice a week.
  • Lunch: One serving of protein - fish or chicken or cottage cheese or tofu, one serving of vegetables (eg. a salad), and two slices of whole grain bread.
  • Dinner: Soup - either vegetable or chicken soup with added vegetables, salad, and two slices of whole grain bread.


Avoid eating carbohydrates late in the night. For dessert, try and stick to fruit - the fibre and natural sugars are just what you need. When hungry between meals, have wholemeal crackers, pretzels or a banana. While preparing meals, remember not to deep fry or use too much grease. Instead try baking, poaching, roasting and boiling. Use olive oil when you must and try and have at least one serving each of raw fruit and vegetables.

The good news is that incorporating these major lifestyle changes will limit as well as often reverse the effects of heart disease. So take heart!



Submitted by M S on July 25, 2008 at 10:05


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