February is Heart Health Month and I love the idea of taking a whole month to educate ourselves about what things we can do to be heart healthy.  Unfortunately, many recommendations are behind the times and may actually doing your heart a disservice.  

Old school recommendations such as eat low fat, avoid cholesterol and consume lots of “healthy whole grains” have been shown via recent research to provide no cardiovascular health benefits and, in fact, may contribute to heart disease.

Nutrition recommendations from the American Heart Association are as seen on the left.  According to this guide, we should be eating more canned and dried fruit.  This is absurd considering the fact that canned peaches in 100% of their own juice still contain 18g of sugar per serving and no fiber.  You don’t even want to know how much sugar is in canned peaches in syrup. You might as well be eating 4 full sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  At least those would also have 2g of fiber....

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