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Heart Health: it may not be what you're eating, but what you're not eating

It’s hard to find a person in the western world who isn’t concerend about their cholesterol levels, particularly LDL which is commonly referred to as “bad” cholesterol. Believe it or not, there are alternative theories on heart disease and whether cholesterol has any effect at all on heart health. One of the theories I find particularly fascinating is that too much protein combined with a defficiency in B vitamins and folic acid can lead to elevated levels of homocystein, an amino acid which is a contributor to ateriosclerosis, or hardening of arteries. To break it down, the liver needs vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid. These are plentifully found in whole foods such as grains, beans, eggs and fresh vegetables. Leafy greens are a particularly excellent source of folic acid and should be incorporated into your diet whenever possible. Here are a few easy recipes to have in your kitchen arsenal at all times!

Kale Chips (the best snack ever)
Southern Style Collard Greens (vegetarian)
Sauteed Swiss Chard

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