According to the American Heart Association, “When you eat a heart-healthy diet, you improve your chances for feeling good and staying healthy– for life!” A healthy diet includes “foods low in saturated and trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars, and foods high in whole grain fiber, lean protein, and a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.”
The first step is choosing “good” fats over “bad” fats, especially when you are cooking. The AHA says, “The ‘better,’ unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) are found in many foods. Vegetable oils, nuts, and seafood are recommended sources of these fats.”
In terms of cooking oil, this means healthier choices include:
Monounsaturated: Canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil.
Polyunsaturated: A number of vegetable oils (soybean oil, corn oil and safflower oil).
Butter, while delicious, contains “bad” saturated fat, as does palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil, making them less healthy choices.
However, all fats contain the same amount of calories, so even if you choose “good” fats, it won’t necessarily help you lose weight or maintain heart health.
Swiss Diamond cookware is designed for cooking without oil – simply preheat the pan over medium heat for 2-3 min. before adding food.
In addition, Swiss Diamond is recommended by the American Vegetarian Association for the preparation of vegan and vegetarian meals. That means Swiss Diamond can be a helpful tool in adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet – a key ingredient to a healthy lifestyle!
How do you use Swiss Diamond cookware to keep your heart healthy?