How To Love Your Heart With Protein

Love your protein and care for your heart

If you were to ask what causes heart disease, chances are you will get answers such as "it runs in the family" or "when a person eats too much fat." Since it's much harder to find a solution to your genetic make up, most people try to control the fat in their family's diet instead. But can you believe that improper protein intake also has a role in increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease?

According to the American Heart Association, being overweight or obese greatly increases the risk for health problems like heart disease and stroke. So that means anything that can help prevent obesity helps prevent heart disease and stroke. Simple, right?

Apparently not. When you look at the statistics, pediatric obesity has become a major problem around the world. These obese kids will grow up to become obese adults, creating a population with a high risk for heart disease.

But there's hope.Recent research show that feeding kids properly while they're still young significantly reduces the risk of obesity later in life. Scientists have identified a so called "early protein hypothesis" that says you can lower the risk of obesity in your child by lowering protein intake while they are young. In fact, even kids born to overweight and obese mothers have a better chance of acquiring a healthy weight if they are fed a lower protein alternative early in life.

This means that parents can help prevent future health problems in their children. Isn't that great? But this new opportunity means that parents need to be extra critical in what they feed their kids. They need to give enough protein for proper growth and development keeping in mind that giving too much, increases the risk of health conditions like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

So there is good news: by giving your kids the right amount of protein for your kids, you can help give them a much healthier future!



References:

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  2. International Obesity Taskforce. The global epidemic. http://www.iaso.org/iotf/obesity/obesitytheglobalepidemic/ accessed May 13, 2015
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