Dec 18, 2012 5:17 PM by KSBY News, Carina Corral

Local heart attack survivor publishes heart healthy cookbook

A Cambria woman has made it her mission to help your heart.

She released a heart healthy cookbook, after suffering a heart attack at the age of 57, made up of recipes good for your heart without skimping on taste.

For this story, Kac Young, PhD, cooked up turkey lasagna made with low sodium tomato sauce, low fat cheese and rice pasta.

"I revised and revised and revised my favorite recipes until I came up with a plan that worked for me and tasted good," said Young.

She created her cookbook "Heart Easy: The Food Lover's Guide to Heart Healthy Eating... The Easy Way" in 2006.

She attributes the cause of her heart attack to both hereditary and a diet high in saturated fats and cheeses.

"We can prevent 90 percent of all cardiovascular disease primarily through diet and why aren't we doing that?" she asked.

Young spent years perfecting comfort food recipes that will help lower cholesterol.

"Diluting things is one of the tips I give. Using substitutes, soy almond or rice cheeses, is another one. {And} Checking for low fat, low sodium sauces," said Young.

She brought in some of that turkey lasagna for a taste test.

"It's very, very good. Very tasty," said Carina Corral after several bites.

Click here to learn more about Kac Young or to purchase a copy of her cookbook.