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American Heart Association: Avoid holiday diet stress

American Heart Association
Press Release
November 24, 2021

Just in time for holiday feasts, the American Heart Association’s latest dietary statement provides heart-healthy guidance to help people make the most of healthy choices whether dining out or eating at home while avoiding the stress of food centered celebration and the guilt that sometimes comes hand in hand. If you would like to set up an interview with an AHA spokesperson to discuss the highlights of the recent statement and offer practical tips please let me know. Additional information for practical tips and examples are below:

Sip smarter: Ditch sugary drinks and, if you do drink alcohol, limit alcohol consumption during meals and choose still or sparkling water with fresh fruit for a festive twist.

Be picky about fats: Opt for liquid non-tropical plant oils such as olive oil when cooking your favorite holiday recipe. A recent study highlighted the benefit of plant-based fats, linking higher intake of vegetable and polyunsaturated fat to a 12% lower risk of stroke compared to those eating less of these kinds of fats.

Think lean when it comes to protein: Plant proteins like nuts and legumes, fish or seafood, low fat or non-fat dairy and lean cuts of meat are the best bet when picking protein. Research shows that replacing red and processed meat with other protein sources is associated with lower death rates from cardiovascular disease.

When in doubt, add color: Choose a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to include during holiday celebrations.
Keep moving: Balance food and calorie intake with physical activity to maintain a healthy weight. Take a walk with loved one’s after a holiday meal or play fetch with your pet.

It’s most important to focus on eating an overall healthy eating pattern and savor the season in moderation

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

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