Want to make sure your heart is healthy? These 5 tips can help

Herbert M. Pickett

Did you know February is American Heart Month?

You can use it as a time to focus on and improve your cardiovascular health.

Dr. Cesar Nahas, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon with UT Physicians, shares his top five tips toward a healthier heart and lifestyle.

Eating foods with excessive salt, saturated fat and sugar can increase your chances of a stroke or heart attack. However, instead of having a complete diet makeover, Nahas suggests small changes here and there that will benefit you in the end.

“You need to be happy with the way you eat and avoid an extreme diet that you know you will not maintain,” said Nahas, who is also an associate professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. “Try natural products. A good rule is, if you read something on a label that you don’t understand, you probably

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Heartsmart’s Condiments: Healthy food can be tasty food

Herbert M. Pickett

The steady growth of the agro processing sub-sector from a modest and little-regarded pursuit used mostly to subsidize the incomes of poor families to what, in some instances, are, these days, significant investments in the manufacture of condiments from locally grown fruit and vegetables, is, arguably, one of the recent noteworthy successes in the agro-processing sector.

 Time was when agro processed produce was vended mostly in hastily wrapped paper and plastic packages and from in bottles that often raised questions about the sanitation bona fides of the products themselves.  How things have changed! These days, the manufacture of these fruit and vegetable-based snacks, condiments and seasonings is subject to the strict food safety oversight protocols that are embedded in the law; so that even the smallest ‘manufacturer’ of agro produce, these days, must comply with at least minimum factory, presentation and sanitation standards that are subject to enforcement and transgression

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