Soluble Fiber and Your Heart
February is American Heart Month. More than 80 million people in the United States have some form of heart/cardiovascular disease—that’s about one third of our population. Unfortunately, heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, and many of these deaths and risk factors are preventable. Food choices have a big impact on your heart’s health, even if you have other risk factors. Only a few risk factors, such as age, gender and family history, cannot be controlled. Other risk factors of heart disease, such as high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess weight can be controlled with diet and lifestyle changes and medications. One such change that can be implemented is choosing more soluble fiber in your diet.