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Wyomingites: Grow Your Own for Better Heart Health

May 3, 2012

CASPER, Wyo. - Grow a row for your heart. It's gardening advice being dispensed to Wyomingites just as the growing season is getting under way this month.

Dr. Regis Fernandes, a Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologist, describes how home-grown produce benefits heart health.

"When you eat vegetables and fruit, you are less likely to eat empty calories that would arise from foods that don't provide much nutritional value."

When you grow your own produce, he says, you don't have to worry about extra sugars and sodium often added to packaged or prepared fruits and vegetables.

The American Heart Association recommends planting and tending a garden for the physical activity, which is also good for heart health. Fernandes says people who regularly eat the recommended eight or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables have a lower incidence of heart disease.

"So you add the vegetables to the meal instead of eating them separately. Throughout the day, you keep incorporating those vegetables in your meals and in between, and snacks, and then at the end of the day you're going to end up reaching that minimum requirement."

For more tips on making fruits and veggies a healthy part of your life, visit heart.org.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY