heart patients are confused as to whether they are permitted to
indulge in sweets
(Indian sweets, desserts, ice cream, chocolates, etc.). Those who
have the complication of diabetes along with the heart disease,
of course, it is a “no”. Those who don’t have
diabetes but only heart diseases and raised blood lipid levels could
follow our advice.
To begin, for 3 months after bypass or and angioplasty, we would
recommend the above sweets to be totally avoided.
The above sweets
contain ghee, butter and cream of milk. Chocolates contain
cocoa butter. Butter, ghee and cream are saturated fat of animal
origin and all three contain cholesterol. The cocoa butter does
not contain cholesterol but since it is a saturated fat that solidifies
at room temperature it gets easily converted to cholesterol in the
After the 3 months we need to also see that the cholesterol level
is below 180 and the triglyceride levels are below 180 too.
levels are reached, you may be permitted to consume a piece of sweet
or a serving of dessert, once in a week or at the most twice. The
important rule is to see that if eaten there must be a gap of 3-4
days between each treat of sweet. You must never get into the habit
of eating sweets on a daily basis, even for a few days. e.g. During
a festival season, or marriage celebration or holiday you may feel,
“for one week I will indulge daily, after that I will be very
strict”. This could do irreparable damage. Never treat yourself
on a daily basis even with small portions.
you are a heart patient with a sweet tooth make wiser choices for
a daily basis. Fruits are the best choice and if you chose the ones
with more edible skin or fiber it serves to satisfy your sweet tooth
and the fiber helps to break down cholesterol and triglyceride which
clog your arteries. Apple, orange, musambi, pear, pomegranate, guava,
fresh figs, apricots, plums, etc. are excellent choices. Papaya,
chickoo, mango, banana are very pulpy with very poor fiber content
so they are not as good as the above.
with a little sugar and flavour, skimmed milk curds with a little
sugar, honey or even fruit added to it is also a good option. Skimmed
milk made into custard with custard powder and little sugar is also
a safe choice..
Those of you
who have already had a surgery must try to prevent the recurrence
of a block as another surgery is a risk. Those who only have high
lipid levels, do all you can to control and reduce them and avoid