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This is What the Nutrition Facts Label is Telling You

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Apr 19, 2018

nutrition-facts-label.jpgOne of the first things you should do before sitting down to any meal is read. We’re not talking about the text or email you just got, we’re talking about labels. There’s a lot you can learn about the things you eat and it’s right in the palm of your hand. The nutrition facts label is packed with information.

The nutrition facts label can be a good guide if you’re trying to put together a healthy meal plan.

You can start by checking the USDA's dietary guidelines and the FDA's recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals. The nutrition facts label will also tell you things about your food like:

  • Calories
  • Fats
  • Sodium

The label will help you track how much you’re getting compared to how much you should be eating. So, let’s take a look at some of the important things you can learn from the nutrition facts label.

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Topics: cholesterol, healthy eating, healthy life

Top 5 Heart Healthy Holiday Foods

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

You probably love holiday foods. We get it. In fact, you probably have a list of your favorite holiday foods that you can’t wait to eat each year. But have you ever stopped to think how good they are for your heart?

There are some holiday food traditions that are actually pretty good for our hearts, as long as you don’t overdo it. Sweet potatoes have a lot of potassium, which can help regulate your heartbeat, and cranberry sauce can lower your cholesterol level. There are some holiday foods though, that are heart healthier than others.

So, here’s our list of the top five heart-healthy holiday foods you may want to add to your menu this year.

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Topics: heart health, healthy eating

How Safe is the 3 Day Cardiac Diet?

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

If you’re hoping to lower your risk for heart attack or stroke, you may be considering a heart-healthy diet. You may ease into it, or you can take a more radical approach. You may be thinking about trying the 3 Day Cardiac Diet.

The people who developed the 3 Day Cardiac Diet claim you’ll lose up to 10 pounds-fast. But that’s only if you stick to it as it’s drawn up. There are no studies to prove it actually works, but it’s not stopping people from eating extremely basic meals three days a week.

If you strictly adhere to the menu instructions, you will consume an average of 800 to 1,000 calories per day. So, the question is, just how safe is the 3 Day Cardiac Diet?

To get some of our answers, we asked North Ohio Heart/Ohio Medical Group Cardiologist Dr. Michael Langer.

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Topics: healthy eating

5 Superfoods for Blood Sugar

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Apr 27, 2017

In recent years, many people have hopped on the health bandwagon. People fell in love with avocados and kale all at once, and there seems to be growing enthusiasm for whole grains and juices. So which foods work with a prediabetic/diabetic diet? It depends on your individual diet, but these superfoods can enhance the effects of insulin and help you manage your blood sugar overall.

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Topics: healthy eating, eating healthy

Which Milk is Healthiest? 5 Choices Examined

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Roam the aisles of the grocery store and you’re confronted with an array of milk products — some from animals, some from plants — which may leave you confused by the dizzying array of stuff available to put in your daily bowl of shredded wheat. Fear not! We break it down for you.

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Topics: healthy eating, eating healthy, eat healthy

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