Common sense is the way to approach a heart-healthy diet. But too often, cardiologists hear the same complaints over and over from their patients regarding just what to buy after cardiac recovery.
No doubt one of the many complaints some cardiologists hear from patients during cardiac recovery is a familiar refrain: “What can we buy in the supermarket after all this?’’ is the oft-mentioned question.
I remember, not long after my cardiac event July 20, 2006, Jim McCaffrey, who owns a small chain of supermarkets in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, suffered a heart attack himself. Upon shopping in one of his stores soon after, he felt there were “about two items’’ he could buy on a cardiac diet.
As one who shops at his Yardley, Pa., store regularly - the outlet that hosts the highly regarded “Cooking with the Cardiologist’’ series periodically - I can say there are many choices one can come across in that establishment. My wife and I accomplished this by reading labels and ingredients. That allows you to fill your cart with things that are good and good for you. Common sense is the way to approach it.
Cardiologists, however, now have a special website to direct patients to. The American Heart Association’s site has a topic “Grocery Shop Smarter Faster.’’
Under the link, the site directs heart-conscious consumers to “look for the heart-check mark to quickly find foods certified to be low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Build your free, heart-healthy grocery list online. Save and print your list, or access it anytime from your computer or Web-enabled mobile phone or PDA.’’
It’s a modern touch to assist both the patient and the guiding physician, and a useful one at that. Click on the link and a list of 14 categories appears on your computer screen, ready to guide you to heart-healthy food shopping. In each categories are items to add to your list.
Personally, I found the online list to be of help in formulating a cardiac-healthy trip to the market, but, like any general guide, it can be modified to any taste.
Such Omega-3 rich fish as salmon are in our diet at least twice a week. If you have just begun heart-healthy food shopping, this is definitely worth a look.