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Highlighting Food, Recipes, and Ideas for a Healthy Lifestyle
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Blog Special: Facebook LIVE on Heart Health

Due to technical difficulties, this event will be rescheduled to March 27.
It's March! And it's National Nutrition Month! To celebrate, join us at noon CST for mini discussions throughout the month on Facebook LIVE. Part 3 will talk about heart health. If you miss the live event, watch the recording, and check back on this blog post for updates from viewer questions.  Special thanks to dietetic intern Abby and Crossing Healthcare in Decatur for co-hosting with us.
There are 2 main discussions about food and heart health: fat and sodium.

Tip 1: Reduce sodium. There are so many lower-sodium products available now. You have to keep your eye out.

The American Heart Association lists its top 3 high-sodium foods as:

  1. Breads and rolls. Yeast breads are not salty tasting necessarily, but sodium is needed to make these foods.
  2. Second is pizza. Pizza has a bread-based crust, along with cheese, which is a high sodium food. Plus, if you like cured meats, like ham or pepperoni, this adds sodium too.
  3. Number three on the list is sandwiches. We are back to bread again on a sandwich. Plus the filling of a sandwich, which might be cured deli meat, cheese, or condiments like mustard and mayo.

Tip 2: Choose healthier fats. Research shows that some fats help reduce blood cholesterol, making those fats more heart-healthy. These types of fats are called "unsaturated" fats. Generally, they are liquid at room temperature. These would include liquid oils. In foods, we find unsaturated or "liquid" fats in foods like fatty fish like salmon, avocado, and nuts and seeds and nut butters. Tell us some of your favorite ways to eat unsaturated fats in the comments.

To learn more about National Nutrition Month, hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,

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