Nutrition for a Healthy Heart

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Clinical Professor of Surgery Tulane University School of Medicine Chief of Thoracic Surgery Memorial Medical Center-Baptist Campus New Orleans, Louisiana

Insulin:

A hormone produced in the pancreas that promotes the use of glucose by the cells and protein formation. Glucose is a simple sugar derived from digested starches, more complex sugars, and other foods. Insulin is also responsible for the formation and storage of fats (lipids).

any appreciable amount, only a few hundred grams as glycogen in the liver and muscles. Most consumed carbohydrates (sugars) are converted under the influence of insulin into fat and are stored throughout the body, often in aesthetically undesirable places. In fact, sugar is directly responsible for most cholesterol. Only 40 percent of ingested cholesterol is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Most cholesterol is actually manufactured by the liver under the influence of insulin. The higher the insulin level, the more cholesterol is manufactured. What makes insulin levels rise? Sugar!

Many healthy-heart diets and foods have a reduced fat content but, in most instances, have replaced fat with sugar and, even worse, refined sugar. As fat intake has decreased, refined sugar and processed grain intake has skyrocketed. The average American consumes more than 150 pounds of "added" refined sugar every year.

A healthy diet must address everything — fats (triglycerides); carbohydrates (sugars); protein (amino acids); and fiber. Many people are aware of the harmful effects of too much fat and have taken appropriate steps. Now, people must look carefully at carbohydrate consumption. Attention to correct carbohydrates will involve not only sugar, but also fiber, which has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. Only through careful assessment of all foods eaten can anyone make a nutritional difference in their appearance and health. Attention to fat is not enough.

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