Welcome to my April series of Foods that Cure Whatever Ails You!
Taking tips from the Black Doctor Health Magazine, I want to start first with something that concerns and affects ALL OF US!
At a time when so many people are taking pill after pill to address their heart concersn, I want to share a few very simple tips that are not only natural remedies, but healthy for us.
• Peanut butter. Spread the news: Women with risk factors for heart disease who ate 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or 1 ounce of unsalted peanuts five times a week were 44 percent less likely to develop heart disease than were those who ate less, a study from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston reveals. Healthy monounsaturated fats in peanuts and peanut butter may lower LDL (”bad”) cholesterol.
Tasty Tip: Add some to oatmeal for a creamy, cardio-protective breakfast. This is one of my “automated meals” that I eat 5 days a week. I take it to work with me and its tasty, fillling and of course, nutritous.
• Whole grains. Women who ate at least two servings of whole grains daily cut their cardiovascular disease risk by 51 percent, another study in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes. “Cereal fibers seem to be even more effective than veggies are at lowering cholesterol,” says Alice Lichtenstein, D.Sc., director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts University in Boston. Fiber binds with cholesterol in the digestive system and stops the body from absorbing it.
Tasty Tip: Get three grain servings a day from high-fiber cereal, whole-wheat bread, bulgur, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, oats or quinoa.
So, if you are already not doing so, do your part for your heart today and beat the odds for heart disease ~ naturally!