Registered dietitian and author Elizabeth Somer says all you may need to truly get on track is a little guidance on making smarter choices.
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Elizabeth Somer: Hi, I'm Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitian and I'm here to give you some tips on how to shop to lower your risk for heart disease. You know, I think there is a lot of myths about heart disease, for one thing we think it's you know sometimes it's out of our control that is just genetic. And that's not completely true, yes heredity does play a role in this disease. But there are so many risk factors that are within your control, including what you choose to eat, how much you choose to exercise in you lifestyle. And the good news is there are so many foods on the market these days that are heart healthy and good for you. In fact, everything I have in front of me right now, is meets that bill. But what you want a look for is the American Heart Association's heart check mark which all these products have, that guaranties that the food is lower in some of those bad fats, like saturated fat, cholesterol, also lower in sodium yet rich in heart healthy nutrients. But that alone you still want to have a food that taste good I mean that's the number one reason why we choose the foods we do. And some time when you here that are food is healthy or low in sodium you'll thing well it's not going to taste good and that's not true either there are lots of options. I think Campbell's has let the way here, they have 25 healthy request soups that have that Heart Associations heart check mark on them meaning that they are lower in saturated fat, are lower in sodium yet tastes great. Another thing to thing about is convenience. We live fast phase lives, we don't have a lot of time to be standing in the kitchen for hours. So when you are shopping look for short of grab and go snacks that you could bring with you when you are out and about. Those could be baby carrots, sliced apples, cherry tomatoes, the microwaveable soups that you can even drink your vegetables, get individual cans of low sodium V8 juice. The third thing to think about is affordability, in these tough economic times we have to singe in our pocketbooks a little bit. And I think it's a myth that people think that healthy food is going to cost more and that's just not true. For instance you could make a pasta primavera for dinner. Whole grain pasta mixed with some colorful vegetables topped with some Prego Heart Smart Italian sauce, you've got dinner on the table for four for less than $10. So keep this in mind, look for the American Heart Association heart check mark on the label and think about taste, convenience, affordability and you will be well on your way to eating a heart healthy diet. If you want more information go to campbellsaddressyourheart.com. Thank you.