What’s a good diet for heart health and disease prevention?

Chad Kramer
Chad Kramer on behalf of dotFIT
Whatever diet you follow you must also have your body weight within a healthy range and exercise properly. The diet for heart health and potential cancer prevention are basically the same. Consume more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and substitute lean meats or fish for fatty red meats. Reduce as much as possible high fat and sugary foods/drinks and refined grains.

Gout and Kidney stone prevention would also follow similar eating plans and weight control. However, genetics may increase your risk of these two conditions and therefore you may want to avoid or reduce foods high in purines and oxalates to reduce the risk of gout and kidney stones respectively. Examples of high-purine foods to limit or avoid: beef, pork, lamb, certain seafood (canned tuna, dark meat fish), certain shellfish (shrimp, lobster, scallops), caloric soft drinks, beer, liquor.

Below is a list of foods that are high in oxalate that you will want to avoid if you have been told to stay away from oxalates from foods or a predisposition for kidney stones. Also keep in mind that most chocolates are high in oxalates.

Protein Foods
  • Peanut butter
  • Soy protein
  • Tofu
  • Nuts
  • Soybean Crackers
  • Wheat germ
  • Grits
  • Cocoa
  • Ovaltine
  • Tea & coffee
  • Cola
  • Cranberry juice
  • Wine
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Grapes
  • Lemon Peel
  • Orange
  • Orange Peel
  • Plums
  • Red currants
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Beets
  • Beet Greens
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Green Peppers
  • Leeks
  • Lima Beans
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Pokeweed
  • Rutabagas
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Swiss Chard
  • Waxed Beans
  • Kale

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