St. Kate's Nutrition and Exercise Science assistant professor Christina Meyer-Jax, MS, RDN, is not only a registered dietitian, but a favorite recurring guest of the Fox 9 morning food segment. Joining Fox 9 for a celebration of Heart Health Month, Meyer-Jax shared her expertise and recommendations on foods that keep your heart happy and healthy.
Meyer-Jax explained that while most people tend to target fat consumption when considering heart health, "...the thing that actually contributes to heart disease risk [is] inflammation. One of the things that can lead to inflammation is high sugar consumption — it's not always that fat."
The average adult intake of sugar is half a cup, a staggering amount Meyer-Jax recommends replacing with foods that make your heart happy — such as brightly-colored fruits, teas containing the spice turmeric, and dishes made with reduced-sodium black beans instead of meat.
Meyer-Jax is a nationally-recognized food and nutrition expert, as well as serving as a health correspondent for a variety of local news outlets. She has worked with many well-known food companies such as General Mills, Glaceau, KIND Healthy Snacks, and more, and is the founder of Nutrition Up.
St. Kate's Exercise Science and Nutrition Program
By Michelle Mullowney '17