American Heart Association

Saturated fats: Why all the hubbub over coconuts?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coconut oil, with its sweet smell of the tropics and its purported claims to cure what ails you, is everywhere. People are using it in their shampoos, skin creams, and even in their smoothies and coffee.

Chatter spiked even more recently, after a new science advisory […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life.

An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China found […]

Texas father changes culinary traditions for his daughter’s heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Giving up pancetta and canned vegetables was bad enough. It was harder to cut out garlic salt. Mike Brusa worried his Italian dishes would lose their signature flavor, but he had promised his daughter he’d cook healthier to help her get well.

“This condition […]

Advisory: Replacing saturated fat with healthier fat could lower cardiovascular risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Replacing saturated fat with healthier fat in the diet lowers cardiovascular disease risk as much as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, according to an American Heart Association advisory issued Thursday.

“This important paper reaffirms the scientific evidence that saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol, a leading cause of atherosclerosis,” […]

Pennsylvania Court upholds Philly ‘soda tax’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents-per-ounce soda tax has survived a major beverage industry challenge in Pennsylvania state court, with a 5-2 decision Wednesday upholding a lower court’s ruling that the tax is legal.

The American Beverage Association, and a coalition of city residents and businesses, filed a lawsuit […]

FDA pushes back nutrition label compliance deadline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New requirements for the nutrition facts label that appears on packaged foods and drinks was delayed Tuesday, allowing food companies more time to implement the changes.

The labels were redesigned to make it easier for consumers to see how many calories and added sugars are in […]

Produce prescriptions: Replacing unhealthy foods with more fruits and vegetables

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The next time you stop by the supermarket pharmacy to pick up a prescription, swing by the produce section. It could be just as important to your health.

“If you just went around and looked at people’s plates, most of them have more meats […]

Kids’ heart health focus of new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four new research projects focused on children’s heart health were announced Thursday by the American Heart Association.

Experts say that helping children maintain ideal cardiovascular health is more effective than taking a wait-and-see approach and treating disease in adulthood. The aim of the AHA’s Strategically Focused […]

Seattle becomes next city to tax sodas

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Seattle became the ninth area of the country to pass a sugary drink tax, with a 7-1 vote Monday that imposes a 1.75-cents-per-ounce levy on distributors.

Last week, a city committee passed the measure 5-2, changing the original proposal to exclude diet drinks. The amendment also […]

Family history of high blood pressure focuses trainer’s mission on heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Celebrity trainer Scott Parker works with clients across the globe eager to lose weight, build stamina and sculpt muscles. After watching his father struggle with severe hypertension, he makes sure controlling high blood pressure is also on their list.

Parker, who is based in Los Angeles, […]