"For most people, getting more of what's missing will have a larger benefit than limiting certain nutrients," says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital and associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The "shoulds," according to Dr. Mozaffarian and the two other nutrition experts, include the following:
- 4 to 5 daily servings each of fruits and vegetables
- 3-plus daily servings of whole, unrefined grain products
- 2 to 3 daily servings of low- or nonfat dairy products
- 2 to 6 daily servings of vegetable oils
- 2 or more weekly servings of fish or shellfish
- 4 to 5 weekly servings of nuts and seeds
Another useful tip: you can distinguish between healthy and not-so-healthy carbohydrates, most people's major source of calories, by dividing the grams of carbohydrates per serving by the grams of fiber. An answer less than 10 is good for bread or pastry; aim for less than 5 for cereals.
Read the full-length article: "Latest thinking on a "cardioprotective" diet"
Also in this issue:
- The hidden hazards of high blood pressure
- Can a hospital stay make you anemic?
- Paying attention to the signs of worsening heart failure
- Should you stop taking aspirin and/or Plavix before having a tooth pulled?