Espedilla: Diets that could endanger you from heart disease (part 2)

(Foreword: This is the continuation of our reply to Michael T. regarding his concern on the diets that could probably endanger one from heart disease.)

DEAR Michael T.,

Now, let’s get on to the major dietary factors of death caused by heart diseases which are apart from the usual diets that we know - intake of salty, fatty and fried foods- that are related to heart disease.

There is also the low intake of nuts and seeds that leads the pack. This accounted for 11.6 percent of deaths due to cardiovascular disease. Then, there is the low intake of vegetables. I know that this is not new but, this is worth mentioning as this accounted for 11.5 percent of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease. Following closely is the low intake of whole grains. This accounted for 10.4 percent of deaths still caused by cardiovascular disease.

The last tile is from excess intake of salt which is the culprit behind the nine percent of deaths due to heart disease. Actually, this is again not new as salty foods have always been associated with hypertension. But, excess salt ingestion had actually been blamed for 37,350 deaths in a long-term study conducted in the United States in 2015 alone. What about in the previous years? Or in 2016?Or this year? This is certainly a serious problem which caused a lot of needless deaths. These deaths may be needless, but, they shouldn’t be something that we should just take lightly or else, I am sure, this will take us into a serious condition.

The problem is, salt is salt. Who doesn’t like them? People love them and sometimes, they would risk their lives for the love of salt. I feel that salt should not be blamed. It is the people’s penchant and love for salt that make them shrug off any warnings about it – just to satisfy their guts. Oftentimes, it takes discipline and commitment to truly love and take care of our hearts. We should not let the qualms of the guts take the best of our minds. Remember that our mind is always in a battle.

Oh, oh, I would have wanted to deal more with these dietary factors, but, we are again running out of space for now, so, let me then, continue this in my next issue. Until then!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” She is also a faculty in a College of Pharmacy. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)
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