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  Foods Your Heart Will Love

You only have one heart, and few things matter more than taking good care of it.  Health experts recommend getting regular exercise, not smoking, and controlling your stress as three good first steps, along with eating a variety of nutritious, heart-healthy foods.

Want to give your heart some love? Choosing these foods is a good start:

  • Broccoli and other dark-colored vegetables are generally more nutrient-rich than lighter produce, such as potatoes and corn. 

  • Herbs and spices are a tasty alternative to salt for seasoning. 

  • Olive and canola oils are healthier for cooking and baking than saturated fats, such as butter, margarine and shortening. 

  • Salmon is a low-fat protein that is high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Mackerel, legumes and soy are other good proteins. The American Heart Association recommends eating salmon or other omega-3 rich foods at least twice per week. Salmon is also versatile, easy to cook and tastes great. 

  • 100% whole-wheat bread has more fiber, vitamins and minerals than white bread. Choose brown rice and whole-grain pasta for the same reason.

Several other foods also get very high marks from health experts, and are considered “super foods” when it comes to your heart.  All of them are readily available at your grocery store and are generally inexpensive. These include:

  • Blueberries are considered one of the most powerful disease-fighting tools.  That’s because they are high in antioxidants, and are packed with fiber, vitamin C and they are available all year long. 

  • Oatmeal is great roughage our body needs and oats are whole grains that pack a lot of vitamins, minerals and cholesterol-lowering fiber. It is widely believed that a diet high in oats can reduce your risk for heart disease, by lowering your cholesterol, keeping you regular and helping prevent some types of cancers. 

  • Soy Protein is an inexpensive, high-quality protein that contains fiber, vitamins and minerals.  In addition to being part of a heart healthy meal, a diet rich in soy protein can help lower your triglycerides, which helps prevent cardiovascular disease. If you have high cholesterol, soy foods can be a big benefit due to their high levels of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. 

  • Spinach is considered one of the most powerful vegetables available.  It is loaded with vitamins and minerals that help fight disease, protect against heart disease and preserve your eyesight.

These are but some of the good heart-healthy choices you can make each day.  Making a few simple food choices can go a long way towards keeping your heart in good shape. By focusing on heart-healthy fats and antioxidants, you can help decrease your risk of developing heart disease and cut your chances of a heart attack. 


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