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Heart Healthy Eating: Focusing on Fats

Preventing heart disease and stroke in people with diabetes is crucial. Having diabetes or prediabetes significantly increases the risk of having heart disease or stroke. Healthy eating is a good way to keep your heart and body healthy, and reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke.


So, what does healthy eating look like? There are tons of options out there that are tasty, affordable, and fulfilling! This includes a diverse range of foods from various food groups.


Fats

Our bodies need some fats and cholesterol, but it is important to control your portion size to prevent clogging arteries. Decreasing the amount of total fat and saturated fat in the foods you consume are a great way to manage your cholesterol levels. Some ways to decrease fat in your diet include:

  1. Baking, broiling, grilling, or steaming foods instead of frying. So enjoying a grilled chicken sandwich rather than a fried chicken sandwich.




2. Enjoy fat-free/low-fat dairy products when you can. Here are some examples of some

foods to consider:



3. Cook with olive oil or Canola oil, instead of butter.





Unsaturated fats are a better alternative. Some examples of unsaturated fats include:

  • Olive oil

  • Canola oil

  • Peanuts/peanut butter/peanut oil

  • Avocados/avocado oil

  • Nuts/nut oil

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