The National Heart Foundation runs an annual Heart Week to raise public awareness of specific issues relating to heart disease. Its message is about nutrition with an emphasis on making healthy choices.
What is a Cardiac Diet?
A cardiac diet is a critical factor in the prevention of heart disease and should include appropriate amounts of fiber, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and proteins, with an avoidance of excess fats and calories.
Cardiac Diet Recipes
Lean pork is lower in fat and calories than even skinless chicken. It is full of protein and meets all the dietary goals set by the National Heart Foundation .
Pork also has iron levels two to three times higher than other white meats in a form that is particularly well absorbed by the body.
There are plenty of spectacular cardiac diet recipes which can be made with pork which are within the National Heart Foundations dietary guidelines and carry their tick of approval.
Try this simple recipe for rosemary glazed pork chops.
- Combine one cup of red wine, one tablespoon of polyunsaturated oil and one tablespoon of fresh rosemary twigs to make a marinade and place four pork chops in the mixture for about an hour.
- Lightly brown the chops on both sides.
- Remove from the pan and drain in absorbent paper.
- Strain marinade and reserve rosemary.
- Add half a cup of marinade to pan juices and combine with rosemary, red currant jelly, lemon juice and mustard.
- Return chops to fry pan and coat with sauce.
- Serve with vegetables.
Fat in the Cardiac Diet and Your Heart
The National Heart Foundation is supporting investigations into the problem, whether dietary fat plays a part in atherosclerosis, a condition more commonly known as hardening of the arteries.
National Heart News, the Foundation’s newsletter, examines the association between dietary fat and heart disease and reports that title question “Does fat play a part in atherosclerosis?” cannot be answered by a simple “Yes” or “No” at present.
As results of world-wide research are likely to come slowly, National Heart News emphasizes the importance of avoiding rash or ill-considered interference with a normal diet.
A reasonable view in the present circumstances, National Heart News recommends, would be:
- If you are healthy and of normal weight, modification of dietary fat is unlikely to be warranted.
- If you are overweight, restriction of fat as part of a weight-reducing diet may be necessary.
- If you already suffer from the type of heart trouble concerned, modification of diet may be justified as one of a number of precautionary measures.
- If your doctor, at examination, finds signs suggesting special risk of heart disease in the future, modifications may also be advisable.
- In any case, do not modify your diet in respect of fats except on advice from a doctor, who has studied your own problem carefully.
In atherosclerosis, the arteries become narrowed due to collection of fatty and fibrous material in their lining which eventually leads to a thickening and stiffening of their wall and blocks the flow of blood through them.
National Heart News explains that atherosclerosis has increased in the past few decades in countries of advanced civilization such as United States.
These facts suggest that something related to the standard of living may play a part. With a high standard of living there is a greater proportion of fat in the daily food, but more research is needed before it can be stated with certainty that high dietary fat causes heart disease.