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

Bulk of what you will be reading here are opinions of Dr Chauncey W. Crandall, a distinguished Cardiologist that have 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.