Diet and Nutrition

  1. Calculating Calories and Fat Grams

    Here's a formula to help you figure out how many calories and fat grams you need each day to maintain your current weight.

  2. Cholesterol in the Blood

    The cholesterol in your blood comes from the foods you eat and your liver—but your liver makes all of the cholesterol your body needs.

  3. Components of Food

    When trying to make heart-healthy changes to your lifestyle and diet, it is helpful to know some basics about nutrition.

  4. Cook for a Healthy Heart

    Part of eating a heart-healthy diet means fixing foods using low-sodium, low-fat, and low-cholesterol methods.

  5. Determining Your Body Mass Index

    Your BMI gives a fairly accurate assessment of how much of your body is composed of fat.

  6. Diet and Cardiovascular Disease

    The Choose My Plate plan from the federal government is a guideline to help you eat a healthy diet.

  7. Good Sources of Antioxidants

    The most important antioxidants are vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids, including beta carotene.

  8. How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices

    Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions.

  9. Nutrition's Role in Disease Prevention

    Evidence is mounting that a healthful diet can help protect you from some diseases. What you eat -- or don't eat -- may help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.

  10. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Coronary Heart Disease

    Omega-3s are a beneficial and essential form of fat, one that your body needs but can't make.

  11. Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood

    You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health, or a lifetime of heart damage.

  12. Simple Ways to Improve Your Diet

    Eating healthy can reduce your risk of illness and lengthen your life. Eating a balanced, low-fat, low-cholesterol diet reduces your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, stroke and other diseases. Follow these tips to help improve your diet.

  13. Swap This for That to Control Cholesterol

    With a few simple substitutions, you can reduce the cholesterol in your meals—and boost your heart health.

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