Eating Healthy

Learning About Fats

The Facts on Fat: What a Healthful Diet Should Include
News reports on the role fat should play in your diet can be confusing. Some new studies suggest the type of fat you consume is more important to your health than the amount of fat eaten. Other recent reports contradict these findings.
Cholesterol in the Blood
The cholesterol in your blood comes from the foods you eat and your liver—but your liver makes all of the cholesterol your body needs.
Understanding Trans Fat
Research indicates that trans fat raises LDL cholesterol. You can find out how much trans fat a food contains by checking the label.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Coronary Heart Disease
Omega-3s are a beneficial and essential form of fat, one that your body needs but can't make.
Calculating Calories and Fat Grams
Here's a formula to help you figure out how many calories and fat grams you need each day to maintain your current weight.
Putting Healthy Fats on Your Plate
Certain types of fats can actually help your heart, so you don't need to avoid fat altogether. Instead, watch how much and what type you eat.
Components of Food
When trying to make heart-healthy changes to your lifestyle and diet, it is helpful to know some basics about nutrition.

Making Healthy Food Choices

Diet and Cardiovascular Disease
The Choose My Plate plan from the federal government is a guideline to help you eat a healthy diet.
Could a Nutrition Expert Help You?
If you need to change your eating habits for the sake of your health, have you considered talking with a registered dietitian (RD)?
Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases
Living a healthier lifestyle can help prevent heart disease. Don't smoke, eat a heart-healthy diet, and get regular exercise.

Cooking for a Low-Fat Lifestyle

Turn High-Fat Recipes Into Low-Fat Dishes
It's difficult to be satisfied with grilled squash if you've grown up eating fried chicken. Fortunately, there are ways to eat a healthy diet and still enjoy your favorite foods, nutrition experts say. The secret? Prepare the foods differently.
Cook for a Healthy Heart
Part of eating a heart-healthy diet means fixing foods using low-sodium, low-fat, and low-cholesterol methods.
Simple Ways to Improve Your Diet
Eating healthy can reduce your risk of illness and lengthen your life. Eating a balanced, low-fat, low-cholesterol diet reduces your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, stroke and other diseases. Follow these tips to help improve your diet.
How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices
Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions.
Go for the Whole Grains
Compared with refined grains, they have more fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants. Whole grains are also a healthy way to control weight because they are digested slowly, so you feel full longer with fewer calories.
Cutting Calories and Fat When Eating Out
To better control your calorie intake you need to know how much you eat. But if you're like most Americans, proper serving sizes are a mystery, thanks to mega-burgers, biggie fries and saucer-sized bagels.