By Dr. Janet Brill
Every thirty nine seconds, we lose another American to a fatal heart attack or stroke, and yet, despite the fact that the largest risk factor for cardiovascular death-high blood pressure-is both reversible and preventable, seventy-six million adult Americans continue to suffer from this life-threatening condition, and another two million will be diagnosed over the next year.
Salt has been scientifically proven to raise pressure with 90% of us destined to develop hypertension due to a lifetime of sodium overload. Do your heart (and brain) a favor and cut down on your salt intake.
Check out how to make heart healthy Shrimp Diablo. The heat and a little sweet give this dish tons of flavor without the salt and help prevent heart disease.
- 14 ounces frozen, extra-large, peeled and deveined shrimp (defrosted)
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes (low sodium)
- 1 28 ounce can whole plum tomatoes, unsalted
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste (low sodium)
- ½ cup shredded fresh basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 box of whole grain angel hair pasta (14 ounces)
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook shrimp about three minutes per side until done and pink in color. Transfer shrimp to a plate. Heat remaining olive oil in the same skillet and add garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper and cook about one minute, stirring constantly.
Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar, breaking apart whole tomatoes with a wooden spoon and stirring constantly for another ten minutes. Add back the shrimp. In the meantime, cook pasta according to package directions.
Divide pasta and sauce among four plates. Serve hot, topped with basil and a touch (2 dashes) of freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Nutrition per 1 cup pasta and ½ cup sauce serving
- Calories: 212 kcal
- Sodium: 3 mg
- Potassium: 316 mg
- Magnesium: 24 mg
- Calcium: 36 mg
- Fat: 3 g (EPA 0g, DHA 0g, ALA 0g)
- Saturated Fat: <1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Carbohydrate: 35 g
- Dietary fiber: 16 g
- Sugars: 7 g
- Protein: 14 g
It is a proven fact now, the more salt you consume; the more you are prone to blood pressure. Hence cut back on salt to lower blood pressure.
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