A healthy heart A healthy heart

A healthy heart

Sets 5 April, 2017 Ana María López de Mesa

Avoiding saturated fats and sugary drinks are helpful ways to care for your heart. This organ’s role is to keep people alive.

Medical Advisor: Édison Muñoz. Cardiologist at the San Vicente Foundation Hospital

The best ways to help prevent heart disease include doing at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, not smoking, avoid drinking alcohol and eating healthy. Reducing stress and increasing your sense of wellbeing also help keep the heart healthy. People must be conscious of how important it is to care for this vital organ throughout their lives.

Moderate your sugar intake

Reducing your consumption of artificial drinks flavored with sugar can help prevent heart disease. Drinking these beverages regularly can increase your chances of having a heart attack or stroke and can also lead to other problems such as obesity and diabetes. The recommendation is to prioritize eating foods that have natural sugars.

350 ml is the maximum daily amount sugary drinks should be consumed.

Healthy fats

Exclude the trans fatty acids that are found in processed or manufactured foods (fried foods, margarine or packaged products) and replace them with healthy fats such as those found in nuts or avocados, among others. Trans fats can raise cholesterol levels in the blood and increase your risk of heart disease. Opt for
dairy products, low-fat cheeses
and olive or sunflower oils.

10% is the maximum percentage that saturated fats should be consumed daily.