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Most Americans knowledgeable about heart health, but do not exercise or maintain a healthy diet

January 24, 2016

Exercise contributes to an overall healthy lifestyle, but be careful to avoid rebound hunger following your workout. If you maintain a moderate level of daily exercise, you burn roughly anywhere from 13 to 18 calories per pound of body weight a day and should only consume that amount of calories to maintain your current weight.When reading nutrition labels, look for foods that are rich in vitamin C.  Vitamin C can support heart health by helping to neutralize free radicals that can cause cell and tissue damage ?? damage that may contribute to the development of chronic health issues like heart disease and cancer. Many fruits and vegetables, such as 100 percent orange juice, are excellent sources of vitamin C.Not all fats are bad.  While you should avoid saturated fats and trans fats, omega-3 fats may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Omega-3 fats are found in foods such as walnuts, flaxseed and fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna.

Since many of the risk factors for heart disease may be impacted by diet, Collins says supporting heart health may be as simple as learning which foods are heart healthy and how to incorporate them into regular meals. For example, the orange juice that starts many Americans' mornings provides nutrients such as potassium, which may help maintain healthy blood pressure and promote heart health. Additionally, an observational study found that drinking one serving of citrus juice a day was associated with a 25 percent reduced risk of stroke. Orange juice can go beyond the breakfast table.  One cup added to your favorite salad dressing, smoothie or marinade is an easy and delicious way to incorporate the beverage's nutrients into your meals.

SOURCE Florida Department of Citrus