1 out of 3 American Women Die of Heart Disease
Many people turn to the American Heart Association when it comes to advice on how to prevent heart disease.
The AHA has a massive website with a wide variety of brochures and written material. And their heart logo is prevalent on grocery store shelves. With all this information, one would assume that the AHA is the total authority for keeping your heart healthy.
Yet, one out of every three women will die of heart disease, despite the dozens of food products sporting the AHA’s “Heart Healthy Food” logo.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America. And two-thirds of women never show any symptoms or warning signs before having a heart attack.
The AHA concedes that heart disease is a disease of lifestyle, and makes plenty of suggestions for “better heart health,” but their nutritional recommendations are just more of the same: a low-fat diet, lots of whole grains or a balanced diet.
There is much more to the story of prevention.
By offering endorsements to products and companies that lack a realistic view of what it really takes to be healthy and prevent heart disease, the AHA has muddied the waters of heart health.
American Heart Association Endorsements
Endorsements are about money, not the absolute best foods. For example, a box of cereal can carry an AHA endorsement but how would that stack up against a bunch of kale?
Look at the long list of products carrying the endorsement. Most of these endorsements go to processed, packaged foods. This practice is shameful—at best.
Obvious heart-healthy foods have been glaringly omitted from this list. Why wouldn’t kale, broccoli, avocados, cabbage, etc. be listed? After all, these foods are proven to support a healthy heart and body. The answer is simple: Big broccoli can’t give the AHA a wad of money to sport the AHA Heart Logo!
According to Food Politics author Marion Nelson, in 2003 participation fees required for the AHA endorsement are “$7,500 per product and $4,500 for annual renewals, with a discount if more than 25 products are submitted in one year…”
As you can see, manufacturers with deep pockets can easily sport an AHA “Heart Healthy” logo. The poor broccoli without the money (but with infinitely more heart healthy nutrition) essentially gets kicked to the curb!
The bottom line is that consumers need to be very careful about falling for the lies of heart healthy endorsements in swaying their health and food choices. Every dollar the consumer spends is a vote.
Imagine if processed food sales dropped dramatically and fresh, organic produce sales went through the roof. Not only would people take notice, but the health of America would be greatly impacted for the better.
Here are some action steps you can take to prevent becoming the one out of two people in America who die of heart disease.
•Eat naturally occurring, whole foods
•Reduce (or ideally eliminate) sugar
•Maintain a healthy weight
•Eat one-third of your diet raw
•Make sure you are getting enough Omega 3’s and good Omega 6’s
•Optimize Vitamin D
•Manage stress (really it is about creating peace)
•Minimize exposure to toxins