At Specialty Care Services, we realize that it’s not always easy to choose the right heart-healthy foods for older adults when guidelines appear to constantly be changing. We’d been told that saturated fats from options such as butter, red meat and fried foods were harmful and might affect a person’s odds of developing heart problems, but later studies suggested there isn’t enough evidence that people who gave up these foods improved their heart health and so, we went back to our old ways due to the go-ahead to choose butter instead of margarine.
And yet, as revealed in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, analysts clarify that the lack of evident results in reducing fatty foods is likely connected to equally poor nutritional choices selected instead of those fats such as refined carbs. In the study, it was revealed that those who replaced fatty foods in their diet with healthier options, such as olive oil (a polyunsaturated fat) and whole grains did lower their heart disease risk up to 25%.
As reported by Adela Hruby, one of many researchers in this study, We know that people don’t just drop 10% of their calories and not replace them with other things. What they’re adding in to replace what they’re not eating is really important.
The study, led by Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was remarkably comprehensive, following the results of almost 130,000 subjects of both genders over thirty years. Keeping track of nutritional choices and any heart-related conditions, it was concluded that both women and men who consumed carbohydrates as opposed to fatty foods were developing a nearly equal risk of cardiovascular disease, a statistic missed in older studies that had determined there clearly was no advantage to reducing the level of saturated fat in a meal plan.
So what may be the takeaway from this report? Improved heart health can be gained by not simply decreasing the total amount of saturated fat in a dietary plan, but also by selecting heart-healthy foods for older adults instead of foods with high levels of sugar or processed flour-based foods.
Specialty Care Services, the top-rated provider of home care in Chevy Chase and surrounding areas, is readily available to plan and prepare heart-healthy meals that are not only nutritious, but delicious, helping older individuals decrease their risk for heart attacks and disease. We are also available to assist senior adults with:
- Making wise dietary choices, as well as picking up groceries so that fresh, heart-healthy foods are always available
- Medication reminders
- Providing encouragement to engage in doctor-approved exercise programs
- Safe transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments as well as other outings
- And much more