Heart Health Month

Here are some beneficial heart health tips. According to the American Heart Association, the majority of fats that we should eat should be monounsaturated (MUFAs) or polyunsaturated (PUFAs) fats. These are considered good fats and can lower your risk of heart disease. The bad fats – saturated fats and trans fats – can negatively affect your health.

Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) can be found in the following:

• Avocados

• Olives

• Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews)

• Natural peanut butter (containing just peanuts and salt)

***Monounsaturated fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood which can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Monounsaturated fats – like all fats – contain nine calories per gram.

Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) can be found in:

• Walnuts

• Soymilk

• Tofu

• Sunflower seeds, Sesame seeds, Flax seeds and Pumpkin seeds

• Fatty Fish (i.e., Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel, Herring, Trout, Sardines)

***The two major classes of polyunsaturated fats are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Like all fats, polyunsaturated fats contain nine calories per gram.

Cooking Oil

The following oils are considered healthy saturated fats, and are best suited for cooking due to their ability to withstand heat:

• Coconut Oil

• Ghee (Clarified Butter)

• Sustainable Red Palm Oil

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Edna Dimataga-Fernandez
Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company utilizes a holistic model of wellness consulting focusing on the 6 dimensions of organizational well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health. The Wellness Institute provides holistic health assessments, corporate well-being workshops & wellness consultations with holistic health practitioners. Wellness-Spring, the company’s holistic health store, sells organic & non-toxic health & beauty products. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to causes that support women, children, health, wellness & education. She has worked & consulted for companies in the insurance & financial services industry, the medical & behavioral health field and the non-profit sector. Edna holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a Past President (2010-11) of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - Los Angeles Chapter and is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Department of Insurance.