February is Heart Month
Did you know heart disease & stroke take 1 in 3 Canadians before their time, and it is the #1 killer of women? It’s a scary but true statistic.
So what can we do to keep our heart in good shape? Make some health conscience lifestyle changes today! Maintaining a healthy weight and keeping blood cholesterol in check are some of the best ways to keep your heart healthy. Eating more fruits and vegetables can also help protect our hearts against cardiovascular disease by providing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre, as well as plant compounds called phytochemicals.
Fresh Mushrooms Can Help!
Watch the Weight
- Mushrooms are a perfect choice for weight management, since they have high water content, are low in fat and contain fibre: three factors that help you feel full with fewer calories (that means less room for calorie-laden foods).
- Researchers have found that people who eat satisfying portions of foods that are less energy-dense have greater success at weight loss and maintenance.
Cut the Cholesterol
- Fresh mushrooms contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre has been shown to help prevent and manage cardiovascular disease by lowering the levels of total and LDL cholesterol.
Adding the Antioxidants
- Fresh mushrooms contain significant levels of l-ergothioneine, which acts as an antioxidant. Ergothioneine doesn’t break down when it’s heated, which means you can enjoy mushrooms raw or cooked!
For more about heart health visit the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.