Heart Health Month

Heart Health Month
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February is Heart Health month, which was created to make Americans aware of their heart health. While most people know about heart disease, few people know how it’s caused–or how harmful it is. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), every 1 in 4 people die from heart disease.  That makes Heart Disease the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke; uncontrolled blood pressure was once thought to come from “high-cholesterol” foods such as eggs and ground meat. That has recently changed.

A few weeks ago, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) submitted its Advisory Report to the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report provides a review of scientific evidence related to diet, nutrition and health that will inform the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which will be released later this year. The report, which is over 500 pages long, reviews everything from balancing calories with physical activity to specific dietary guidelines for pregnant women. However, “Cholesterol” is the one page that is catching everyone’s attention.

The Committee has chosen to not bring forward its historical recommendation to limit cholesterol intake to 300 mg/day, having found no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol during its review of the relevant research. The Committee has determined that cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

Eggs are listed along with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, and nuts as “nutrient-dense foods,” or “foods that are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and other substances that may have positive health effects, and are lean or low in solid fats and without added solid fats, sugars, starches, or sodium and that retain naturally-occurring components such as fiber.” Check out our article on just how nutritious eggs are here!

So, the take-away: eggs are even better for you (and your heart) than you thought!

For more information, read these highlights in a recent blog post provided by The American Heart Association:

http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/PDFs/Scientific-Report-of-the-2015-Dietary-Guidelines-Advisory-Committee.pdf

Why not celebrate a healthy heart and controlled blood pressure levels by trying some of these healthy and tasty recipes this month:

Check Out Other Healthy recipes on our Pinterest board! Link here: https://www.pinterest.com/ncegg/cracking-down-on-your-health/