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.
Components of Food
When trying to make heart-healthy changes to your lifestyle and diet, it is helpful to know some basics about nutrition.
Cook for a Healthy Heart
Part of eating a heart-healthy diet means fixing foods using low-sodium, low-fat, and low-cholesterol methods.
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)?
Determining Your Body Mass Index
Your BMI gives a fairly accurate assessment of how much of your body is composed of fat.
Diet and Cardiovascular Disease
The Choose My Plate plan from the federal government is a guideline to help you eat a healthy 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.
Managing Hypertension with the DASH Diet
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet reduced blood pressure. This diet is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and total fat and emphasizes fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
Managing Prehypertension Without Drugs
Even if your blood pressure is normal or high-normal, you're still at increased risk for hypertension (high blood pressure), the condition in which your heart works too hard and the resulting forceful blood flow harms arteries.
Nutrition's Role in Disease Prevention
Evidence is mounting that a healthful diet can help protect you from some diseases. What you eat -- or don't eat -- may help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.
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.
Shake the Salt Habit
Americans consume two to three times more salt or sodium than is healthy.
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.