It’s tough to make the right choices for a healthy diet when recommendations seem to constantly be changing. The initial recommendation was that saturated fats found in items such as butter, red meat and fried food were unhealthy, but later research indicated that there wasn’t enough proof that people who gave up or reduced the amount of these items considerably improved their heart health – and therefore, we were given the go ahead to choose butter over margarine yet again.
And yet, as documented in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, scientists reveal that the lack of noticeable results in minimizing saturated fat intake is most likely related to poor dietary choices made in place of those fats – such as refined carbs. Subjects who instead replaced saturated fats with more healthy dietary options, such as olive oil and whole grains, did decrease their heart disease risk by as much as 25%.
Adela Hruby, one of the researchers from the study noted, “We know that people don’t just drop 10% of their calories…and not replace them with other things. What they are adding in to replace what they’re not eating is really important.”
The study, which was led by Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was remarkably in-depth, tracking the results of just under 130,000 subjects of both genders over thirty years. Keeping track of dietary choices and any heart-related conditions, it was determined that men and women who ate carbohydrates in place of the saturated fats were attaining an almost equal risk of heart disease – a statistic missed in older studies that had determined there was no benefit to reducing the amount of saturated fat in a diet.
So what can we learn from this study? Better heart health can be met by not only decreasing the amount of saturated fat in a diet, but also by selecting healthier items than foods with a lot of sugar or processed flour-based foods.
Atlanta Home Care Partners is also eager to plan and prepare meals for a heart healthy diet that are not only nutritious, but delicious, helping Atlanta, GA seniors to reduce their risk for heart attacks and heart disease. We can also assist aging adults with:
- Making appropriate dietary choices and picking up groceries so fresh, healthy foods are always readily available
- Taking medications on time and correctly
- Engaging in doctor-approved activity programs
- Providing safe transportation and accompaniment to appointments with the doctor and other outings
- And much more
Give us a call at (404) 228-0103 to learn more about our home care Atlanta services.