Learn More About Dairy's Role in a Heart Healthy Diet
When February rolls around, thoughts may turn to loved ones and Valentine’s celebrations. However February, American Heart Month, also is the perfect time to show your ticker a little love, too.
While you may think that’s a little corny, the truth is that cardiovascular/heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In addition, high blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Here’s the best part: helping your heart can be simple. It’s recommended that those ages 9 and older enjoy three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt every day, and moderate evidence shows that meeting that recommendation as a part of a balanced eating plan can help in several ways, because it’s:
Linked to the reduced risk of high blood pressure in adults. In fact, most scientific evidence shows enjoying low-fat or fat-free varieties can help manage blood pressure.
Linked to the reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke.
The American Heart Association also recommends low-fat milk, cheese and yogurt as a part of a “heart healthy” diet. Try enjoying a yogurt with your breakfast, having a cheesy snack, or even grabbing a low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk to enjoy while you’re on the go. Plus, low-fat dairy foods pair really well with other nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins: Think fruit and yogurt, milk and oatmeal, salads topped with chicken breast and reduced-fat Cheddar.
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