Nigerian Foods that Fights Heart Attack.

Heart attack or heart disease can actually be prevented, controlled or completely eliminated by proper dieting and exercise – Dr Chauncey W. Crandall

The bulk of what you will be reading here are opinions of Dr Chauncey W. Crandall, a distinguished Cardiologist that has over 40000 heart surgeries to his belt. He also is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

While it is fun to talk about making delicious Nigerian foods it is also very important to note that most delicious looking foods may actually cause harm to your heart and body cells.

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We are looking at Nigerian foods that fight heart disease; it has been proven statistically that over 50 percent of the world population does not have a perfectly healthy hearts, the worst case of an unhealthy heart eventually results to heart attack or even instant death.

This proves that you can have a sick heart without knowing it and you can also have a sick heart for a very long time. The advice is usually to see a doctor if you notice any dissimilar internal reaction.

However, I learned a long time ago that prevention is better than cure – a Nigerian adage.

According to Dr Chauncey W. Crandall, the major causes of heart diseases are fat and sugar; there…I said it.

While it may seem impossible to eliminate these two elements from our daily meals, the reason for this article is to proffer an easy way around them. I hope to inspire you to make conscious effort to supplement these elements in certain possible cases with its harmless alternatives.

I am going to list some of the foods or food items that should be eliminated from our daily diets and also go ahead to proffer a healthier alternative, since this alternative actually reduces the risk our heart diseases and attacks, one can actually say that they aid in fighting heart diseases

Nigerian foods that fights heart attack

These alternative Nigerian foods help in fighting heart diseases or heart attack.

For starters, I would strongly suggest that you go easy on canned, processed foods, instead of using canned/sachet tomatoes try just the fresh ones, it may be a little expensive but the benefits out-weighs any money you can possibly spend.

Fried foods and soft drinks should also be less in your daily diet.

I have since stopped using sugar and switched over to honey, even when I use honey, I use it sparingly. While we cannot completely eliminate sugar from our diet because they are even contained in simple foods like rice, cassava and yam, the idea is to go easy on these foods.

Instead of eba/fufu or semo, try unrefined wheat; whole grains fights heart disease. They includes: Whole wheat, Whole oats/oatmeal, Whole-grain corn, Popcorn, Brown rice, Whole-grain barley, Bulgur (cracked wheat), Millet, Quinoa, Sorghum.

Animal fat is not just dangerous, it should be avoided at all cost, be sure to always wash your meats properly with hot water, removing every sagging fat, avoid butters and margarine with high fat content.

Another important point raised by Dr Chauncey W. Crandall is the level of your good cholesterol against the bad cholesterol, according to him; the level of your bad cholesterol against goods cholesterol can play a vital role in the state of your heart.

According to him, proper exercise and good dieting helps to raise your good cholesterol level while diminishing the bad cholesterol level.

He highly advised against smoking and suggested that you try fish and chicken instead of red meat. Fishes contains omega 3 which is responsible for fighting heart diseases. I am talking about fresh or frozen fishes; sometimes the roasted, smoked fishes are not so good.

Lastly, you should also take time to rest after a very busy day and also cultivate the habit of exercising regularly. Proper rest and exercise plays a vital role in the state of the heart and even body cells.

Eat lots of fruits, nuts, endeavor to supplement a meal with a plate of Fruit-Salads, try replacing some starchy foods with legumes (all beans species), unripe plantain recipes. I made this delicious meal recently, if you add vegetables, it becomes really healthy. And you should try something like this occasionally instead of the usual eba and soup.


I have been able to list some of the foods that cause heart attack, and how to prevent, control and ultimately eliminate heart attack by eating the right Nigerian foods. I would like to hear your thought.

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  1. Bukola  June 23, 2014

    Nice tips…tnx

    • Betty  October 27, 2017

      Tks, it’s educative, God bless

  2. Pamila  June 23, 2014

    Thanks chy for this wonderful article, I believe everything you have said I really, I have been trying adjust what I give to my family, I am definitely going to try harder. Thanks. You are doing a wonderful job.

  3. Chinyere  June 23, 2014

    Yes o, we really need to take care of our hearts and our body, the white people know so much about all of these and we should also start learning about them so we don’t get taken unaware. thanks for the wonderful work you are doing.

  4. chioma  June 23, 2014

    Chy, thank you for the good things you are doing, I wish you God’s wisdom and more grace to your elbow.
    I will try as much as I could to give my family the right food. But the canned tomatoes I use it whenever I want to make my stew or Jollof rice. From now, no more canned tomatoes.

    • Chy Anegbu  June 24, 2014

      Chomy, That’s the spirit, let’s try as much as we can to use fresh foods and ingredients as long as you can find them, thanks for commenting.

  5. Babe kosi  June 24, 2014

    Thank’s, really this is wonderful .We nigerian’s really need this.
    You are doing great, thank you very much

  6. Favour  June 25, 2014

    Wonderful Chy thanks a lot I will work hard now to see to all this. Thanks and kudos

  7. ogechi  June 28, 2014

    chy, kudos t you. ur indeed doing a great and wonderful going to try as much as possible to follow all diz listed for a healthy heart….mor wizdom…..

  8. malachy  July 8, 2014

    Good expose`. Keep the flag the flying.

  9. malachy  July 8, 2014

    You have really been doing a wonderful job. We take sugary substance a lot in my household and now know the danger it poses to the heart.

  10. onyi nwachukwu  July 21, 2014

    well said. gracias

  11. Amaka  July 26, 2014

    You’ve done a great job in enlightening us. Thanks a bunch Chy. Now,I’ll have to watch what I eat. I love my heart so much.

  12. Uwem  July 28, 2014

    Well said Chy! Thanks! I would like to suggest dat u add more of d bean meals n plantain meals to d list of african dishes u share wit us…it would go a long way…thank u

  13. Ada  August 18, 2014

    Great job! Our heart sure deserves to be treated well.

  14. Princess Ann  August 21, 2014

    I love it !
    Thanks so much to your wonderfu healthy food ingredients…I really enjoying it.
    More Power !
    Princess Ann

  15. Rosy  August 25, 2014

    wisdom is d key. tnks dearie for dat exposure. I will do my best to Kip my family healthy by taken d right meals. I Hv been trying to reply ur mail but it’s not delivered. which is your exact email add. I’ve tried, peace@total-facts-about-nigeria,…but was told d domain or recipient add is incorrect… tnks hop to hearing from u

  16. Eze Ernest  September 8, 2014

    It is a great job you have been doing. more effort to your elbow. May God almighty strengthen you.

  17. chioma,  October 15, 2014

    Nice one,pls what about oil,beans,riped plaintain is it good for d heart?

    • Prisca  November 3, 2017

      Thank u so much for this healthy tips u have given me. I now no what to take and what to not take. U are indeed an aspiration. May u keep increasing in wisdom and knowledge. I will make sure to give my family healthy meals

      • Chy Anegbu  November 8, 2017

        Yeah! that’s the spirit.

  18. Julie Amuka  November 17, 2014

    How do you know if you have bad cholesterol

    • Chy Anegbu  November 20, 2014

      Just ask your doctor dearie.

  19. Tabiti Hosea  November 18, 2014

    great piece. Thanks…I love this forum
    Please keep it up!

    • Chy Anegbu  November 20, 2014

      OK, you are welcome to the kitchen.

  20. Ogelola  November 26, 2014

    Nice article Chy. will try as much as possible to eat more of legumes, fruits and vegetables in place of carbohydrates. Welldone.

  21. Adenuga Tajudeen.  December 1, 2014

    P/s I want u to assist us to know the foods that causes heart attack. Thanks.

    • Chy Anegbu  December 3, 2014

      Hello Adenuga, it is not that simple, I mean as per your request. If you read the article again and all the following comment, you will find were I listed some of the foods that cause heart attack. Thanks

  22. Aghedo Laura  February 26, 2015

    Chy, tanx so much for this insight God bless u real good

  23. Rita  March 4, 2015

    thanks for d writeup. am having problems with my heart. I think d food am eating. thank I have to stop it. pls what type of exercise should start with. pls reply me. yelp save a soul

    • Chy Anegbu  March 5, 2015

      Hello Rita, thanks for commenting, I advice you see a doctor as this are just written based on common sense and tips I picked from my favorite heart doctor.

  24. Ezinne  March 11, 2015

    Thank you for this information. May your ink never run dry!

  25. Juliet  March 16, 2015

    A very nice tips indeed.
    its well educating.

  26. Safiya  March 26, 2015

    Nice tips.. keep it up Ma

  27. shola  June 8, 2015

    weldone chy, thanks alot.

  28. Gladys Oparaocha  July 8, 2015

    Chy, your advice is wonderful. You are doing a great job. Kudos to you.

  29. esterowo  August 18, 2015

    Thks 4 d advice, it will help me keep my family & people around healthy. You av surely made my day educative. thks

  30. esther  August 24, 2015

    Nice one chy God bless u. So much for opening my eye to dis becos health is very lmportant.

  31. Doris  August 31, 2015

    Nice one Chy! Please which wheat is unrefined? I really need a better alternative to eba,fufu, semo and the rest. Thanks, good job you’re doing.

    • Chy Anegbu  September 1, 2015

      I suppose all of them are unrefined.

  32. valery  September 17, 2015

    thank you so much for sharing with us …………………..and above all i feel like am in nigeria already wen am just in zimbabwe.i love nigerian food especially jollof rice n okra(draw) soup.looking forward to learning more……………..

  33. ollybabe  October 5, 2015

    Well written; more grease to ur elbow. I am a nutritionist and I work with an H.M,O. Fat and sugar should b consumed for just 5 percent on a daily basis

  34. Tochukwu  October 12, 2015

    Quite revealing,I have benefited a lot from this site.

  35. Cacaomah  October 16, 2015

    Knowledge is not only power but also health… Nice tips Chy

  36. Zaynab  October 19, 2015

    Thanks ma’am, really learnt a lot from this article

  37. Abigail Igwe  October 19, 2015

    Nice Tips Chy, for a long time now, i have been trying to control sugar and oil in most of my food, but i found it too hard, cos i love sugary things and also oily food. thanks for these tips, i will try and put them into practice.

  38. Adenike  October 19, 2015

    Nice tips. I will try it

  39. Tosin  October 21, 2015

    Thanks chy, am new here but I love u already. May ur ocean of wisdom never runs dry.

  40. Alonge Olubunmi  October 26, 2015

    Hello Chy
    Well done for all the good work you have been doing . I just don’t agree on the fact that we cannot use canned tomotoes . Awareness and education is what Africans need when it comes to our food , how to combine and get the various nutrient right. Our foods and vegetable is very rich but we seem to eat too much at one sitting and do we are less active. In my view if we can get the balance right
    Our heart will be fine

    • Chy Anegbu  November 1, 2015

      ok, I can understand! lol

  41. ifewulu Amara Dora  October 27, 2015

    Chy love this tip so much. Am always crazy when it comes to healthy eating. You do use joccy flavour to prepare zobo, is it not too articial and sugary(aspartame). Pls educate more on this particular flavour cos I do use plenty pineapple peels plus the juice to prepare mine.
    Really appreciate your work nd the cookbook is quite commendable. Kudos

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  43. Osemobor Odion  December 20, 2015

    Thank you very much. You published this article just for me. God bless you.

  44. bethy  December 21, 2015

    Oh thanxalot for dis wonderful piece! So enlightening.

  45. kella  February 15, 2016

    Great write up. Well said. We eat food because it’s oooh sooo delicious while neglecting our health. We don’t care to know about the benefits,we care more about how nice it taste and then we are good to go. I will work hard to follow this good reminder.kudos.thumb up to you.

  46. jane  February 27, 2016

    is there any sweet deliciouse igbo recipes

  47. Uche  April 2, 2016

    Unrefined wheat’ which one is this unrefined wheat? I buy wheat grains from dealers and they use grinding machine to grind it for me. There is this other one I buy in sealed sacs from supermarkets . Which of them is unrefined? I met someone few weeks ago. She told me in the cause of our discussion that wheat contains more sugar than fufu. That set me in an argument with her because we have always thought that wheat is most suitable for diabetics. P!ease what is your take on this. Thanks for the good works.

    • Chy Anegbu  April 2, 2016

      Unrefined wheat is natural wheat. The one you buy and grind is unrefined and natural. As long as you don’t process it and remove the fibre content by grinding and sieving or processing into baking flour.

  48. Elizabeth  May 13, 2016

    Wheat is not the best food for diabetes. It is even better for that person to take pounded yam than to take wheat. This is because the glycemic index in wheat is even higher than that in yam. Please do read more about glycemic index which measures the amount of sugar and the effect it has on humans and you will understand what I am talking about. Wheat also contains gluten in very high amount thus not suitable for all persons especially the aged and those suffering from autism. Please do your research on this wheat.

    • Chy Anegbu  May 19, 2016

      I quite agree dear, in recent time i have been reading so much about wheat and most say it is not really that healthy for diabetic patients.

  49. Chinyere  June 13, 2016

    What a day, I’ve learnt alot dear. God bless you

  50. princess  September 1, 2016

    This is lovely… Do you do outdoor cooking?

  51. Jenny  September 6, 2016

    Thanks so much, I love this recipe ?

  52. Gloddex  September 6, 2016

    Nice one. Please keep d good work on

  53. pat  October 27, 2017

    What a thoughtful and priceless brief, God bless you ma Sister

  54. Amy  October 27, 2017

    Nice Job Chy, i really appreciate this.

  55. Susan  October 27, 2017

    Thanks Chi, quite insightful. More grace!


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