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The Pritikin Diet has been around for decades, initially being introduced as a new approach to decrease heart disease. Unlike other diets that quickly fall out of favor, the Pritikin has withstood scientific study and has evolved into a healthy lifestyle program that is not only heart-healthy, but also reverses metabolic syndrome, controls diabetes, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of cancer, and promotes weight loss. What makes the Pritikin plan, also called the Pritikin Edge, so effective? Read on to find out.
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7. Go lean on meat, but catch a fish
Saturated fats, like those found in red meat, contribute to heart disease, while the unsaturated fats, particularly omega-3s, found in fatty fish, like salmon and mackerel, are associated with heart-health and health, in general. Other excellent sources of healthy fats are nuts, seeds and olive oil.
But before you start drowning your salads with olive oil, eating handfuls of nuts at a time, or noshing on large plates of fish, consider that just because these foods are good for you, they are not calorie free. Limit your intake to small or sensible servings. Here are a few recipes high in healthy fats.
8. Shake your salt habit
Salt is a major contributor to high blood pressure, which is the most common cardiovascular disease in the US. And the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, kidney disease and even dementia.
According to Dr Vogel and Lehr, the average American ingests 4,000 milligrams of sodium (salt) per day – the authors recommend 1,500 milligrams or less. If you happen to have a salt habit, you may be thinking food without salt is bland and unpalatable, but your taste buds have acquired a yen for salt, and they can acquire a taste for food without it.
Try these tips to reduce salt and keep foods flavorful.
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