Features April 2015 Issue

Navigate the Grocery Store Aisles for Better Heart Health

Navigate the Grocery Store Aisles for Better Heart Health

Spending more time in the produce section and less in the aisles devoted to snacks and processed foods will be good for your heart and overall health.

Following a heart-healthy diet isnít all that complicated, since there are plenty of foods that we know promote better cardiovascular health. And since we know what foods belong in your kitchen and what products are best left on the grocery store shelves, it should be easy to navigate your way through the supermarket and load your cart with heart-healthy foods and beverages. Right? But interpreting labels, understanding serving sizes and choosing among similar items can be overwhelming. And itís not easy to resist your favorite foods, even if you know theyíre not the healthiest options. To be your grocery store guide, dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD, LD, with Preventive Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic, offers some suggestions:

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