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What's good for your heart is great for your taste buds. As the recipes in this special collection will show, you don't have to lose flavor to gain health.

Cooking up heart health requires no secret ingredients. It simply means making dishes that are lower in saturated fat, cholesterol, and total fat, and reduced in sodium. And, as an extra plus, these dishes have fewer calories than those higher in fat. It means enjoying "Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken," "Red Hot Fusilli," "Stir-Fried Beef and Potatoes," "Apricot-Orange Bread," "Crunchy Pumpkin Pie," and a "Summer Breezes Smoothie."

The recipe collection was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to help Americans keep their heartbeat strong. It includes dishes from a variety of ethnic cuisines to suit virtually every taste.

The dishes will even tempt children. That's important because good eating habits need to start early. So, cook up some "Delicious Oven French Fries" and teach your kids how good good health can taste. Chances are, they'll want another lesson.

Besides recipes, the collection also offers information on special topics, such as how diet affects key factors involved in heart health, how to use the Nutrition Facts Label, how to make healthier meals out of those old family favorites, why fiber matters, and how to reduce salt and sodium in dishes. Check the table of contents for a listing of these topics.

You'll also find a list of certain nutrients for each recipe. This list tells you how much the dish has of nutrients important to health so you can keep track of your daily intakes. Page 6 offers tips on how to use this information as part of your overall eating plan. One such healthy eating plan, which comes from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is outlined beginning on page 11.

If this collection sharpens your appetite to learn more about healthy eating or other heart-related topics, try another course. Here's how:

• Write to the NHLBI Health Information Center P.O. Box 30105

Bethesda, MD 20824-0105 Phone:(301) 592-8573 TTY: (240) 629-3255 Fax: (301) 592-8563

• Visit the NHLBI online at:

Or, try these special NHLBI Web pages:

• For information about how to lose extra pounds or maintain a healthy weight: public/heart/obesity/lose_wt

• To learn about high blood pressure:

• To learn about high blood cholesterol:

• To learn about heart health for women:

Make a start today—and keep your heart as healthy as your appetite.

Continue reading here: Overweight and Obesity

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