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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.

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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. 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

  2. Aghedo Laura  February 26, 2015

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

  3. 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.

  4. Ezinne  March 11, 2015

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

  5. Juliet  March 16, 2015

    A very nice tips indeed.
    its well educating.

  6. Safiya  March 26, 2015

    Nice tips.. keep it up Ma

  7. shola  June 8, 2015

    weldone chy, thanks alot.

  8. Gladys Oparaocha  July 8, 2015

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

  9. 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

  10. esther  August 24, 2015

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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……………..

  13. 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

  14. Tochukwu  October 12, 2015

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

  15. Cacaomah  October 16, 2015

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

  16. Zaynab  October 19, 2015

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

  17. 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.

  18. Adenike  October 19, 2015

    Nice tips. I will try it

  19. Tosin  October 21, 2015

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

  20. 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