Which foods are good for the heart?

Recently I went through a medical procedure. As I was leaving the ward, I was given a diet sheet. Top on the list of foods that were foods that were to be completely avoided which included some of my favourite oil fried Indian snacks. Mentally I was prepared to give up these.

As I went down the list and looked at the items that I could eat, I was pleased, because there were many items which I liked but had not consumed them in sufficient quantities. As I started recuperating, I was pleased with the new diet pattern that emerged.

That made me think through the question of what food is indeed good for the heart and what foods are not good. I thought it would be fun as well as a learning experience as we share from individual experiences on listing what foods are good for the heart. So here are the questions that you can answer. Hopefully we will have a good list that could be shared.

Which are the foods that are good for the heart?

Which are the foods that are bad for the heart?

How can the foods be prepared in a tasty manner without hurting the heart?

Once we start, more questions may emerge. Please do feel free to add your questions and thoughts into the ongoing discussions. Thanks.

Rajaratnam Abel

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Having completed my undergraduate medical education from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Then I had the privilege of completing my Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. I could also complete my PhD in Chennai, India. Based on my extensive work in nutrition backed by a number of scientific publication, I also received the Fellowship of the International College of Nutrition (FICN). I retired from active service in 2005. Since then God enabled me to be a Consultant Public Health Physician, at the SUHAM Trust of the DHAN Foundation in Madurai. I am involved in providing community based health care support to a large number Self Help Groups in 14 Indian states.

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  1. Unbalanced diet (food that has preponderance to any of the 6 tastes in excess) – > deranges body’s pH – > affects function of enzymes, susceptibility to infection -> affects microbiota – > chronic inflammation – > artherosclerosis -> heart disease and many other chronic diseases.


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