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I'm looking for low sodium meals to help maintain my blood pressure as well as heart healthy.

Almost all of the recipes on EatFresh.org qualify as low-sodium and heart-healthy recipes. I recommend double checking the nutrition facts at the bottom of a recipe for saturated fat and sodium, however, before you cook it. It is best to work with your doctor to develop a plan that fits your specific health goals. You may also be able to work with a Registered Dietian through your health clinic for more specific guidance.

These are a few recipes that might fit your needs:

Is eating vegan healthier than eating meat for humans and dogs, or just humans?

A vegan diet can be just as healthy (or unhealthy!) as a diet that includes meat. Since I am not a veterinarian, I am unable to answer your question about a vegan diet for dogs. I recommend talking to your vet about that.

Keep in mind that a vegan diet requires careful tracking of your intake of protein, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals. By not eating animal products, you may not get some nutrients, like B vitamins or iron. These nutrients are essential for our bodies to function properly and this means you might need to take supplements.

Is there a difference between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil for health benefit?

Good question! I can see how the extra virgin olive oil and olive oil can be confusing on labels. From a nutritional standpoint, there is no difference between the oils. The reason some olive oils say “extra virgin” is because of the mechanical process used to make it. Both types of olive oil are healthy and a great source of healthy fats, like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These two types of fats can help lower your bad cholesterol and raise your good cholesterol. This may help lower risk of a stroke or heart attack.