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Food For The Heart
Polymeal Offers Tasty Recipe for a longer life!
We’ve all heard that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and having fish a few times a week is
good for us. But throwing in a couple of handfuls of almonds, a clove or two of garlic, a glass of
water and a modest helping of dark chocolate every day may be even better.
That’s the Polymeal prescription, developed by an international team of researchers and
published in December in the British Medical Journal.
Dr. Oscar H. Franco of the University Medical Center Rotterdam and colleagues came up with a
list of six ingredients with documented benefit for reducing cardiovascular-disease risk. The
ingredients and the amounts are:
8 glasses of water every day
114 grams (about four ounces) of fish four times a week
100 grams of chocolate per day (roughly 3.5 ounces)
400 grams of fruit and vegetables per day (four or five servings)
2,7 grams of garlic per day (one or two cloves)
68 grams of almonds per day (about 2.4 ounces)
Using statistical techniques, they determined that people 50 and older who followed the
Polymeal guidelines would reduce their risk of cardiovascular-disease events, such as a heart
attack, by 76 percent, and extend their lives by nearly seven years.
Remember, whether you’re trying to lose weight, get into shape, or just stay healthy, both
cardio exercise, weight training and proper meals are needed. Cardio, or aerobic, exercise
conditions your heart and lungs, help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and improves your
endurance. Weight or strength training helps prevent the loss of muscle that usually occurs, as
you get older. With strength training stay strong, keep your metabolism revved up and
maintain good posture.
TO LOSE A POUND OF FAT, YOU NEED TO BURN 3,500 CALORIES. SINCE WALKING A MILE
BURNS ABOUT 80 CALORIES, YOU’D HAVE TO COVER 44 MILES TO LOSE A POUND.