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Q&A: Heart-healthy diet defined

Heart-healthy diet defined

What is a heart-healthy diet?

We turn to the Food Network Kitchens for an authoritative answer:

A heart-healthy diet is one that limits saturated fat, trans fat and dietary cholesterol while adding heart-healthy foods in an attempt to lower your blood cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, saturated fat should not exceed 7 percent of your total calories, trans fat should not exceed 1 percent and cholesterol should be less than 300 milligrams. Example: If you are consuming 2,000 calories a day, your saturated fat intake should be no more than 20 grams, and your dietary cholesterol 300 milligrams.

The strategy for minimizing your intake of these dietary components is fairly straightforward. In general, you need to eat lean and eat less (animal foods, that is).

Saturated fat is most abundantly found in fatty cuts of meat and in the skin on poultry. Using leaner varieties of these foods and eating less by limiting your servings to approximately 6 ounces daily will automatically reduce the saturated fat in your diet.

Dietary cholesterol is only found in animal foods; keeping a 6-ounce upper limit on the amount of meat and poultry you eat daily will also harness the amount of dietary cholesterol you eat.

Trans fats are found in foods made with hydrogenated oils, and show up in commercially baked goods, stick margarine, shortening and many fried foods.

Census and ACS are different

Why are there different 2010 census forms, each asking different questions? Shouldn't every household be asked the same questions?

The census form has the same 10 questions for all recipients, and it is sent out every 10 years, according to the Census Bureau. The American Community Survey, or ACS, is a nationwide survey mailed out year-round to random addresses within the United States, and it has more than 10 questions to answer, which are more detailed than the 2010 census form, Census Bureau officials said.

The ACS collects and produces population and housing information every year instead of every 10 years. The ACS was designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing, and it is a critical element in the Census Bureau's re-engineered decennial census program.

It covers the same type of detailed information previously collected every 10 years from the decennial census long-form questionnaire, which officials said eliminates the need for a separate long form in the 2010 census.

This confidential information is used only for statistical purposes. The first five-year demographic, social, economic and housing estimates, based on ACS data collected from 2005 through 2009, will be released this year.

Q&A: Heart-healthy diet defined 05/30/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 30, 2010 5:30am]
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