Times Have Changed, and So Have Diets

David E. Perloff, MD, FACC, FACP
Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Broward Health

For so many years, conventional wisdom has taught us that low fat diets are essential to a healthy lifestyle. The latest research is showing that perhaps those diets aren’t the way to go and that some of the supposedly bad stuff might actually be good for you!

All the food you eat is basically made up of three kinds of things: fats, protein and carbs. The key is achieving the right mix. Here are a few things you can switch up to get you headed in the right direction.

  • Try to replace things that are “white” in your diet (bread, rice, sugar, pasta and potatoes) with things that are “brown” (whole wheat, whole grains, sweet potatoes and complex carbs).
  • Reduce your intake of animal fats: butter, cheese, and meat. Instead opt for vegetable, canola, and especially olive oil.
  • Add fish and shellfish to your diet. One to two seafood meals per week will get you plenty of protein and heart healthy fats.
  • Fruits and veggies never hurt, either.

Mediterranean cuisine does a great job of incorporating all of the above, and also reduces your risk for both heart disease and cancer. Broward Health’s website has plenty of heart healthy recipes as well. I personally recommend the quick and easy Grilled Shrimp with Mango Jalapeño Sauce—made it last week.

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