Mediterranean Eating for a Healthy Heart
There was more news out last week that was no news to me. You probably heard about it, too--a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that the Mediterranean diet is the only diet associated with lower risk of heart disease.
Readers of my newsletter, Heart, Health & Nutrition, know that I've been recommending the Mediterranean way of eating for years. I believe it's the cornerstone of good cardiovascular nutrition, and an absolute must if you want a vitamin rich, cholesterol lowering diet that can help prevent heart attack and stroke.
Now, technically I prefer to combine the Mediterranean diet with a taste of Asia to create what I call the Pan Asian Modified Mediterranean (PAMM) diet. PAMM emphasizes fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, lean protein, and healthy fats at every meal. For best results, here's how I recommend you put together your menu:
- 40 percent low-density carbohydrates, mostly low-glycemic vegetables and fruits.
- 25-30 percent lean protein, such as chicken, fish, tofu, or egg whites.
- 30-35 percent monounsaturated fats, including but not limited to olive oil, nuts, and avocado.
It's very important to limit lean protein to 25-30 percent of a meal. This portion size can be gauged as a piece of lean chicken breast, fish, or meat (about 6 ounces and 200 calories). That's roughly the same size as the palm of your hand, or one-quarter of a full-sized dinner plate. I emphasize that the protein be lean because you'll get a whopping dose of saturated fat if your meats are marbled.
I know that some of you are skptical of healthy heart nutrition plans, so let me tell you something else about the PAMM diet. It's not just scientifically sound. I've tested it myself--along with a lot of other diet plans--and it's delicious! I challenge you to give it a try. To get you started, here are some of my favorite recipes. Let me know what you think!
For more information on eating for a healthy heart, visit www.dr.sinatra.com.
Enjoy What You've Just Read?
Get it delivered to your inbox! Signup for E-News and you'll get great content like you've just read along with other great tips and guides for Dr. Sinatra!
Meet Dr. Sinatra
Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist and nutritionist with more than 30 years of clinical practice, research, and study. His integrative approach to heart health focuses on reducing inflammation in the body and maximizing the heart's ability to produce and use energy. More About Dr. Sinatra
Dr. Stephen Sinatra's Favorites
Doctor-recommended support for healthy cholesterol ratios, blood pressure & overall heart health
Refuel your cellular engines for efficient heart function
Strength, energy, endurance--get the targeted nutrient support a man needs most
Stay youthful, healthy, vibrant and balanced with nutrient support designed to meet a woman's needs