Don’t go breaking your heart

Posted on February 20, 2020

Valentine’s Day is officially over, along with all its commercial excesses—from candle-lit dinners to long-stemmed Ecuadorian roses that wilt faster under our tropical heat. If you are lucky, you might even receive a bouquet of chicharong bulaklak. If you are fabulously single, well, go buy that fat-laden crispy pork intestine to go with your stash of sweets, and then repent for all your saccharine and bad cholesterol-inducing sins.

You heart can only take so much. And believe me when I tell you that the food that you eat is as much a heartbreaker as the bad romance caused by your awful ex or your the-one-who-got-away. (Or the-one-who-dislikes-labels or the-one-who-just-can’t-seem-to-commit, you get the drift.)

Heart disease remains the top cause of death among Filipinos. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that out of 579,237 registered deaths in 2017, some 84,120 deaths or 14.5 percent was due to ischemic heart disease.

Among males, ischemic heart disease was the leading cause of death, followed by cerebrovascular diseases and cancer. Similarly, it was the top cause of death among females, followed by cancer and pneumonia.

According to the Department of Health, heart diseases remain high despite progress in treatment because of unhealthy lifestyle among Filipinos, primarily due to cigarette smoking; alcohol, sugar, and cholesterol intake; and stress.

Quaker, the no. 1 oats brand in the world, aims to lower cholesterol for better heart health management among Filipinos through its Quaker Smart Heart Challenge. First introduced in 2004 in the Philippines, the challenge was developed to demonstrate how adding oatmeal to daily diet helps reduce cholesterol.

“Oats is a common cereal noted for its heart benefits, owing particularly to its high soluble fiber content called beta-glucan,” said Dr. Rodolfo Florentino, immediate past chairman of the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines Inc.“Scientific studies have shown that beta-glucan is capable of lowering the cholesterol level in the blood, particularly LDL or bad cholesterol,” he added.

Source: Manila Standard