Heart attacks are serious events that affect the cardiovascular system. Some of the main contributing lifestyle factors to heart attacks include lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol, stress, and diet.
A healthy diet is one of the best ways to promote heart health and prevent cardiovascular events, like heart attacks.
If you have already had a heart attack, making changes to your diet are more important than ever. You’re recovering from the trauma, but you likely still have the disease that caused it.
While you should make sure to visit a registered dietician regularly to determine what the best diet is for you, this article can serve as a general guide or reminder as to what not to eat when you are recovering from a heart attack. Incidentally, it is identical to the diet you should lead to prevent heart attacks.
What Should You Be Eating After a Heart Attack?
The American Heart Association has developed a series of recommendations that of what your diet should look like after a heart attack. Some of these recommendations include:
- Eat a variety of fresh, frozen and canned (unsweetened and low-sodium) vegetables and fruits.
- Choose lean, skinless meats like poultry and fish, cooked with healthy oils or baked-.
- Select fat-free and low-fat dairy
- Choose foods with less sodium
- If you drink alcohol, drink it in moderation
- Make sure you are control your portion size
- Choose whole grains over refined grains
- Snack on unsalted nuts and seeds
- Choose oils with high omega-3 content (like olive oil and canola oil), and avoid trans fats
Filling your plate with these foods will help you be on your way to having a healthier heart and preventing another cardiac event.
There are also several foods that you should avoid after a heart attack. Below, we list and describe four foods that you should keep off your plate at all cost after having had a heart attack.