Welcome to The Cooking Cardiologist Blog! I write about health, food and cooking from my perspective as a cardiologist (as you can imagine, there’s a lot to know). If you don’t see something you’re interested to know, please ask!
Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. We can argue about percentage ratios of fats to carbohydrates to protein and the merits of different diets all day long, yet as a nation, we continue to grow larger and larger every year.
Controlling cholesterol – especially LDL cholesterol – is crucial to good heart health because it helps you reduce your risk of future heart attacks and stroke. Although maintaining a healthy diet is essential to lowering cholesterol naturally, many people turn to dietary supplements for added benefit. Several of the B vitamins have a positive effect on controlling cholesterol. Here’s what you need to know about the B vitamins for a healthier heart.
The prevalence of cardiovascular disease is considerably less in Mediterranean countries than in the U.S., and diet is a big reason. The benefits of following a Mediterranean-type diet are impressive: The diet can reduce cardiovascular events by 72% and lower total mortality by 60%. So, learning to eat the Mediterranean way is a heart-healthy choice that makes a lot of sense for a lot of people.
Got the java jitters but can’t kick the caffeine habit? You’re not alone – many a doctor has studied the adverse effects of caffeine consumption while holding onto a good cup of coffee! If caffeine has the upper hand in your diet, here’s what you need to know to start controlling your caffeine consumption.