Better Eating to Control Hypertension and Cholesterol

I always go to my annual health check up with a little apprehension. So, what a relief it was when last time my doctor told me frankly, and with a little smile, “Your good cholesterol is high, bad cholesterol is non-existent, triglycerides are perfect … everyone should eat like you!” And yes, my doctor, whom I’ve known for 20 years, is well aware of the fact that I eat exactly as I propose to the 400,000 families that follow us on www.soscuisine.com to eat. It’s not surprising, then, that I derive a direct and measurable benefit to my health.

Tastefully yours,
Cinzia Cuneo

Hypertension

To prevent hypertension, it is recommended to reduce our consumption of sodium, which is to say salt. This is simple to do by abandoning processed foods and making it a habit to cook at home, taking care to add spices and herbs to enhance the flavours without having to resort to salt.

But salt also hides in bottled water and bread. In general, avoid sparkling water, which can be high in sodium, and check the labels.

Cholesterol

Why are we so concerned about cholesterol? Because it is one of the main factors that can be controlled to protect cardiovascular health. Reducing your bad cholesterol actually reduces your risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

DASH Diet

Adopting a healthy lifestyle can have a significant impact on the prevention and treatment of hypertension. To reduce hypertension, the DASH diet is proven and is recommended by experts in the field, such as the American Heart Association. Inspired by the Mediterranean diet, it features plant-based foods (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds) and limits fat, red meats, and added sugars.

Tips and Recipes for a Healthy Heart

For decades, scientists around the world have agreed that it’s important to follow a Mediterranean diet in order to keep our heart healthy and reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. This is one of the reasons why all our meal plans are inspired by it. Another reason, and not least of all, is the pleasure found in the simplicity of the recipes and savouring the flavours.