Cardiologist, author, and heart health expert Dr. Sarah Samaan offers advice on how to live a heart smart life.
Dec 01 2011
Strawberries Show Promise in Heart Disease Prevention
Strawberries are a sweet addition to any heart smart diet. They contain a chockfull of nutrients including vitamin C (one cup contains about 150% of our daily requirement), fiber, and a wide range of important antioxidants. Since antioxidants h...
Nov 14 2011
Pregnancy and Diet
The key elements of a Mediterranean diet are simple: fishgreenslegumesolive oilfresh spiceswhole grainsBy choosing to eat this way, you can eat well, lose weight, and reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke, and cancer. Now, new research from...
Nov 10 2011
Why I Love Kale
Kale is a beauty queen of the vegetable world, but so often passed over in favor of its plainer and simpler siblings. Nutritional PropertiesAn exuberantly leafy, deep green member of the cabbage family, kale is rich in heart-healthy nutrients i...
Nov 07 2011
It’s Time to Shake the Salt Habit
It is well-established that sodium, in the forms of salt and MSG, can contribute to high blood pressure, yet Americans are eating more salt than ever. Our culture of fast food and processed food is a major factor, since over 75 percent of the s...
Nov 03 2011
Omega 3, 6, and 9: What’s the difference and why does it matter?
For years, we cardiologists have badgered our patients to eat a low-fat diet without understanding that our well-intentioned advice may not be very well informed. The fact is, the body craves fat for good reasons. Fat is important in satiety, a...
Oct 31 2011
High-Potassium Foods may Protect Your Brain
Our bodies are virtual chemistry labs, performing all sorts of complicated chemical reactions every second of every day simply to keep us alive. When you stop to think about it, it’s truly mind boggling that we humans manage to survive, conside...
Oct 27 2011
The Mediterranean Diet
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’m a huge fan of the Mediterranean diet. The traditional diet of the beautiful Greek island of Crete, it’s one of the best ways to reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, dementia, and many forms of...
Oct 13 2011
Can Diet Soda Make You Fat?
The average American drinks over 50 gallons of soft drinks each year. At 150 calories per can, that can add up to a whole lot of sugar. Many people choose diet drinks as a substitute for sugar-sweetened soda, expecting to lose weight while stil...
Sep 26 2011
Five Excuses Guaranteed to Drive Your Cardiologist Nuts
As a cardiologist, I know that as much as 85 percent of the heart disease that I see every day could be prevented if my patients consistently chose a healthy lifestyle and took their medications (when needed) for high blood pressure, high chole...
Sep 15 2011
Why I Love Avocados
Pity the poor avocado. For all its lushly green goodness, it packs a powerful caloric punch, to the tune of about 250 calories per plump little fruit. With about 23 grams of fat, a single avocado can amount to about one third of our daily fat a...