For cardiovascular risk reduction the importance of good nutrition is essential, this concept was particularly emphasized by extensive scientific evidence. Cardiologists, nutritionists and the patients association gave a fundamental importance in educating the people with cardiovascular risk factors but also to follow a nutritional therapy.
"Recipes of the heart" has been created with the intent to explain to those who must pay special attention to nutrition, but also to all others, that you may enjoy the pleasures of the table and at the same time maintain your health. As a matter of fact the recipes have been conceived by the combination of different skills: cardiology, nutrition and gastronomy which blend, in order to have a good balance between health and taste.
Each of the recipes created and proposed by the Chef Francesco Marino of Fiuggi who proved to have great level of nutritional knowledge utilizing the Products of the province of Frosinone, carefully combined to give the greatest possible nutritional balance. The Typical Products, DOP, IGP, DOC and DOCG of the Ciociaria territory, which several case studies have proved the biological characteristics which help the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
It goes without saying that the recipes are not intended to be part of a menu that includes appetizer, main course, side dishes and desserts, because even the lightest various recipes are fairly demanding in terms of calories, so you need to be aware that in a balanced diet and with a caloric requirement of 2000 kcal, the choice of a couple of dishes will result in 700 to 1000 kcal, which represents the caloric needs of the whole day from 35% to 50%.
So everyone can afford an exception to the rule, everyone, also those suffering from cardiovascular diseases, can enjoy the pleasures of the table without getting hurt, as long as they keep in mind that if one meal exceeds 50% of your daily needs and with breakfast another 20 %, then you must be very careful in the other meals and snacks.
With this intent, enjoy your meal and good health!
Valerio Pecchioli MD
UOSD Cardiovascular Prevention ASL Frosinone
Andrea Ghiselli MD
National Institute of Nutrition and Food Research