GASPRO International Journal of Eminent Scholars
ASSSESMENT OF BEST HEART FRIENDLY FOODS FOR CHILDREN, ADULT AND ELDERLY: A SCIENTIFIC WAY OF MITIGATING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
A diet high in fruits and vegetables decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and death for children and adults. High dietary intakes of saturated fat, trans-fats, and salt and low intakes of fruits, vegetables, and fish are linked to cardiovascular risk. The study assessed the best heart-friendly foods for children, adults, and the elderly as a scientific way of mitigating cardiovascular diseases. The study revealed that dietary risk factors are associated with 53% of cardiovascular disease deaths. The study concluded that heart-friendly foods for individuals across different age groups represent a crucial step in combating cardiovascular diseases. For children, a focus on nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins lays the foundation for a heart-healthy diet. Adults benefit from a balanced diet that includes omega-3 fatty acids from sources like fatty fish, nuts, and seeds, as well as the incorporation of foods that lower cholesterol levels, such as oats and legumes. For the elderly, the assessment emphasizes the importance of managing portion sizes, reducing sodium intake, and maintaining a diet rich in antioxidants from fruits and vegetables. One of the recommendations made was that people should reduce the intake of refined sources of carbohydrates with higher glycaemic indices (including foods with added sugars).
KEYWORDS: Best Heart Friendly Foods, Children, Adult, Elderly and Cardiovascular Diseases