ILLINOIS (RFD) — February is Heart Health Month and a University of Illinois Extension Nutrition Educator hopes as Valentine’s Day passes us, we consider things we can do for a healthier heart. According to Caitlin Mellendor there are four areas of nutrition to focus on when you discuss heart health; fats, sodium, fiber and added sugars. She says reducing solid fats for liquid fats is better for you heart health.
Sodium has a big impact on your blood pressure. Mellendorf says an increase in sodium and its impact on blood pressure varies from individual to individual. She encourages giving foods with reduced sodium a try. Plant foods are going to offer fibers that end up being good for our bodies. Added sugars are being found to contribute to higher cholesterol. The recommended daily allowance of added sugars from men to women varies.