Sure, we’ve heard often enough that ischemic heart disease is the number one cause of mortality, contributing to a staggering 23.6% of deaths in Sri Lanka. (In contrast, road injury related deaths only contribute to 2%!) The good news is that we are blessed with an abundance of heart-healthy foods that can be added to our diet to ward off this common enemy…
Full of monounsaturated oleic acid which acts as a cholesterol-lowering antioxidant. It’s a great alternative to butter and makes a popular smoothie that can be customized with fruits and nuts for a different taste. Better yet, while avocado is in season, it is ‘dirt cheap’. 🙂
Almonds & Walnuts:
High in monounsaturated fats that will help lower bad cholesterol levels and promote a healthier heart. Although expensive, it is more readily available nowadays than it used to be. Given that most of us would willingly spend over Rs. 1,000 on a meal at a fast food restaurant, spending the same on nuts that can be used for multiple meals is actually more economical – and it’s better for your body.
Mackerel, herring, tuna and salmon are all rich in the omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation and plaque accumulation in the arteries.
Other notable choices include oranges, olive oil, broccoli and cinnamon. Your heart doesn’t want to have to take a break, so go give it the motivation that it needs by nourishing it with all things natural and clean.
Article by Rushini Goonatilake – co-owner of Natural Eats.
Visit Rushini’s outlet at The Fitness Connection, Colombo 07 and try out some of their healthy treats!