14 Heart Healthy Foods
February 14, 2021
A healthy diet can be good for your heart as well as your waistline.
February is heart month. We are dedicating this month to encourage people to adopt heart-healthy behaviors.
The following are 14 Heart Healthy Foods:
- Leafy Green Vegetables are high in vitamin K and nitrates, which can help reduce blood pressure and improve arterial function.
- Whole grain: Studies show that eating whole grains is associated with lower cholesterol and systolic blood pressure, as well as a lower risk of heart disease.
- Berries are rich in antioxidants. Studies show that eating them can reduce multiple risk factors for heart disease.
- Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats and potassium. They may help lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and risk of metabolic syndrome.
- Fatty fish and fish oil are both high in omega-3 fatty acids and may help reduce heart disease risk factors, including blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol
- Walnuts and Almonds: Studies suggest that walnuts can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and may be associated with a lower risk of heart disease and almonds are high in fiber and monounsaturated fats and have been linked to reductions in cholesterol and belly fat.
- Beans are high in resistant starch and have been shown to reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, lower blood pressure and decrease inflammation.
- Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants like flavonoids. It has been associated with a lower risk of developing calcified plaque in the arteries and coronary heart disease.
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