Nuts, Chocolate, and Cardiovascular Health

by Instructor: Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD; Instructor: Michelle Cullen, RDN, LDN; Instructor: Susan McQuillan, MS, RD

$20.00

i 1.00 CEH

Course Overview

The likelihood that a brownie with nuts could be good for your heart seems counterintuitive. However, evidence suggests that both cocoa and tree nuts can indeed help prevent coronary heart disease (CHD), which is the leading cause of death in the United States. The cardioprotective mechanisms involve lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, regulating blood pressure, and improving endothelial function and insulin resistance. This course will explore why nuts and cocoa are heart healthy and how to incorporate them into a heart-healthy diet.

About the Course Author

Michelle Cullen, RDN, is a freelance food and nutrition writer in the Philadelphia area. She has a BS in nutrition and dietetics from West Chester University and a BA in English from Penn State University. She serves as a writer and editor for the PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ blog and newsletter.

Michelle Cullen, RDN, LDN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-RD153
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-09-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-08-02
  • Learning Objectives:

    Discuss three ways the consumption of tree nuts may reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease; Explain three ways in which cocoa intake may reduce the risk of developing CHD; Illustrate how chocolate and nuts can be incorporated into a heart-healthy diet
  • Outline:

    Although the mortality rate for coronary heart disease (CHD) has dropped significantly during the past 50 to 60 years, it is still the number-one cause of death in the United States. While medical and surgical interventions play a major role in reducing the risk of death from CHD, dietary and lifestyle factors are equally important in preventing and treating this condition. Broad guidelines, such as reducing saturated fat and increasing fiber, are in place to help nutrition professionals advise clients on how to reduce CHD risk factors such as high serum cholesterol and inflammation. In addition to this broad advice, however, nutrition professionals need to know how particular foods and their specific components can help reduce CHD risk factors to provide the best care to patients. This course focuses on how the food categories of nuts and cocoa may be protective against CHD.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Fitness Professionals; Health Educators; Level II level Dietitians; Nurses; Physicians; Radiologic Technologists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

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