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Diet and Nutrition

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good Sources of Antioxidants
    The most important antioxidants are vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids, including beta carotene.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood
    You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health, or a lifetime of heart damage.
  • 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.
  • Swap This for That to Control Cholesterol
    With a few simple substitutions, you can reduce the cholesterol in your meals—and boost your heart health.