MINOT, N.D. - Keeping your heart healthy can be difficult, but you don't have to do it alone.
Sometimes shopping for healthy food is a challenge. In this week's Medical Minute, we join Trinity Health on a grocery tour to learn more about maintaining a healthy heart.
Trinity says the journey towards a healthier heart begins at the supermarket.
"So many people have heart issues, and I think that there's not always a lot of access to education, so that's why I try to come to the grocery store to educate people, and it's a great place to learn because they can say 'what do I pick,' and we can talk about it," says Kayla Cole, Trinity Health Dietitian.
While shopping the top things Cole looks for on labels is sodium, cholesterol and fat.
The American Heart Association recommends controlling portion size, eating more vegetables and fruits, selecting whole grains and limiting unhealthy fats. Seems easy enough, right? But shopping for these items can prove to be harder than it looks
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, it recommends no more than 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat and no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium.
Though looking at labels as you shop can be a challenge, it's a challenge some are willing to take.
"My husband has had some medical issues, and we all need to eat healthier, and if they don't eat healthy then they're not gonna continue to improve in their health," says Janell Beggs, Trinity Health Grocery Tour Participant.
But shopping for healthier options doesn't have to mean breaking your budget.
"You can still make changes. Even if money is kind of an issue, there's always something you can do. Beans, for example, you can buy dry beans instead of the can beans, or again, rinse them off," says Cole.
And Cole says you can make the journey towards a healthy heart in small steps.
"You're trying to look at the labels and do all of it at once, I highly recommend that people start small and maybe grab five items at the next grocery trip that they're going to look at," says Cole.
Making heart-smart grocery shopping as easy as one, two, three.
The next grocery store tour's theme is diabetes. It'll be held March 14 at Marketplace Foods on Broadway from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and you can register by calling 701-857-5268.