CELEBRATING HEART MONTH BY EATING HEALTHY? Don’t Put These Items on Your Grocery List!

February 10, 2014

Every February millions join together to raise awareness for Heart Health Month by hosting events, honoring loved ones and spreading healthy information to help those fighting heart disease. The information surrounding heart healthy foods is plentiful, but what if you want to know what not to eat? It’s not as simple as a click of the mouse. There are tons of resources urging you to eat your fruits and vegetables, choose lean meats, and watch your sugar and alcohol intake. All things that make good health sense for all of us, but sometimes knowing what to avoid is more beneficial.

In honor of Heart Month, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County (MHMHC) tells you the top foods those eating HEART HEALTHY should AVOID now and every day of the year. 

  • Processed Meats – studies have shown that people who included a high number of processed meats in their diet, have greater risks of heart disease and cancer. Generally, those who have taken out these high cholesterol meal options, or eat smaller amounts, typically lead healthier lifestyles.
  • Butter, Cheese, Whole Milk – A diet high in saturated fats puts you at risk for cholesterol build up in your arteries, which puts you at risk for heart attack and stroke. Foods such as butter, cheese and whole milk are animal products and are each high in saturated fats and should be limited or avoided.
  • Frozen Dinners – If the box says healthy then it must be good for me, right? Check the ingredients label before you eat your next frozen dinner meal. Most frozen dinners are extremely high in sodium – ranging anywhere from 700 to 1800 milligrams per meal. Recommended values for the “salt sensitive” is 1500 mg per day.
  • Commercial Baked Goods – donuts and cookies can be high in trans fatty acids, which are unhealthy fats. Making a habit of having breakfast on the run with a donut, or grabbing a cookie after your salad for lunch can lead to elevated levels of LDL or “bad cholesterol” in individuals.
“Our fast paced society often makes it difficult for people to make smart food choices, said Tory Shepherd, RRT, BS, MBA, Director of Cardiopulmonary and Neurophysiology Services at Memorial Hospital. “It’s especially tough for heart patients to find heart healthy options on the go. Knowing primary foods to avoid can help you predetermine what you can and cannot have on the menu, limiting your urge to eat unhealthy.”

Looking for additional “heart healthy” information? Then plan now to attend Memorial Hospitals 2014 “Healthy Heart Expo”, Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10 am until 2 pm, to be hosted in the Main Lobby of the hospital. For more information contact Tory Shepherd, 276-666-7295 or tory.shepherd@lpnt.net.

About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County
Memorial Hospital has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County Community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region with a full range of services including 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/ Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep
Disorder, and Pain Management. More than 120 physicians are on the medical staff. The hospital employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers.