You already know that a healthy heart demands healthy foods for a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. But other than holding off on double helpings of bacon, what else can you do to keep your heart on the job?
The Heart Association indicate that a well-balanced diet, low in saturated fat, can protect your heart. Some foods may reduce cholesterol levels; others may reduce the amount of damage cholesterol can do. Other foods may reduce your body’s ability to produce the blood clots that can jam arterial high-ways and trigger heart attacks.
Research suggests that the following healthy foods can help increase the likelihood that your heart will remain the healthy workhorse it was designed to be. But don’t pick one food, eat it at every meal and think you’re going to prevent a heart attack. The key, experts say, is a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Beans – Dark beans, such as kidney or black beans, are high in fiber, B-vitamins, and minerals.
Fish – high in omega-3s, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, and trout.
- Grapefruit – Like oranges, grapefruit contains a lot of vitamin C and helps reduce cholesterol.
- Nuts – healthy nuts such as almonds or walnuts will satisfy your hunger and help your heart.
- Oranges – are rich in beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, and fiber.
- Sweet potatoes
Your heart is probably the most important organ in your body. Unfortunately, most of us don’t take care of our heart as well as we should. A healthy diet can be good for your heart as well as your waistline.