Grains have been shown to be incredibly important to help reduce risks for heart disease. Heart disease is a group of conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity that can affect the structures or functions of the heart leading to heart attacks and strokes. Research has concluded that including whole grains in a daily diet can help reduce many of the risk factors that lead to heart disease. The Heart and Stoke Foundation of Canada says 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your life habits, such as eating a healthy diet that includes whole grains.
Earlier this week, CBC News released an article that claims the U.S Food and Drug Administration names 16 dog food brands that a prominently labelled as “grain free” to be a potential link to canine heart disease.
Youâ€™ve probably heard of the â€śDirty Dozen,â€ť a list of 12 fruits and vegetables named annually by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to be the most laden with pesticides. The US advocacy groupâ€™s message is that people can limit their exposure to pesticides by buying these 12 products from the organic aisle. Toddler favourites are routinely among the top offenders, and this yearâ€™s list, released in March, is no different: strawberries and grapes are named as pesticide peddlers. If youâ€™re pregnant or parenting little ones, the list could drive you to buy these foods organic, or, at the very least, feel guilty for eating the non-organic variety or serving them to your kids.
But is it really necessary to buy strawberries and grapes in the organic section? Is it actually safer?
“It is interesting 90% of Canadians said [fiber} is the nutrient they wanted to get more of into their diet, but only 65% actually do”.
Michelle Jaelin,Registered Dietitian from The Nutrition Artist.
Michelle Jaelin, Registered Dietitian from NutritionArtist.com visited CTV Kitchener News at Noon to discuss the nutrients for heart health. Among those showcased, fiber was the second nutrient that is important for those wanting to improve their heart health.