As part of the annual CKNW Health Series, this week Sonia Sunger takes a look at healthy eating habits.
Today’s topic: Foods for a healthy heart.
Turns out foods usually considered to be “sinuous” could actually be good for our hearts.
“I hope that everyone’s heard that dark chocolate is full of antioxidants that are great for your heart health, specifically the lining of your blood vessels,” says Naturopathic Doctor Kate Rheaume-Bleue.
Butter, egg yok and brie cheese also top her list of heart-healthy foods, she says we should feel virtuous while eating them
“Good, old school butter got an undeserved bad rap back in the days when we were vilifying saturate fat and I don’t think the message that saturated fat isn’t harmful for our heart health is has really made it out for what it should. There is a lot of research that shows saturated fat just simply doesn’t clog up our arteries the way we once thought it did.”
She says the notion that the cholesterol we eat contributes to the cholesterol in our blood is false. She says sugar, not cholesterol, that creates fat.
“If you cut back on the cholesterol you eat, your body will make more to compensate. Your body needs cholesterol.”
Taking care of the heart…
Rheaume-Bleue says women are more likely to overlook symptoms of heart attacks.
“Both women and men can experience that sensation of almost an elephant sitting on the chest when they’re having a heart attack, but women can experience a heart attack without that classic crushing chest pain but instead they may have other symptoms that we need to be aware of and not chalk it up to less serious concerns.”
Some symptoms women may experience are pain in the upper abdomen and back, nausea and light-headedness, and sudden extreme fatigue and cold sweats.
She says many women may mistake these as indigestion or menopause.