Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Pain in the Chest due to the Heart Diet

Heart healthy diet for angina includes:

  • Limit fat intake to no more than 30% of your total calories
  • Eat quality fats: use virgin olive oil and other unsaturated, low-cholesterol fats.
    • 10% to 15% of your total calories should be in the form of monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil, and peanut oil.
  • Eat less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day.
  • Reduce salt in your diet to no more than 6 grams per day.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Limit your intake of simple carbohydrates, such as sugar. Instead, eat more complex carbohydrates, such as starch and fiber. Good sources of fiber include:
  • Whole grains
  • Brown rice
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Bran
    • Barley
    • Oats
    • Beans
    • Nuts
  • Limit iron intake: too much iron can increase atherosclerosis
  • Avoid fad diets
  • Check with your doctor about B vitamins. You may benefit from vitamin B supplements.

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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