For the Love of Your Heart – 7 Heart-Healthy Foods

Healthy Fats and a Heart Healthy Diet

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and February is American Heart Month.  It’s a good time to start taking care of your heart; beginning with the foods you eat.  According to doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, certain key foods can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease.

  • Oatmeal – A review of 67 studies showed that diets high in soluble fiber, like the kind in steel-cut oats, decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
  • Salmon – Oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect your heart.
  • Nuts – Choose walnuts, almonds, and macadamia nuts, which contain good-for-you mono- and polyunsaturated fats.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – A huge body of research confirms that its monounsaturated fats lower LDL cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Berries – They lower inflammation and have a host of other cardiovascular perks, according to a report in the Nutritional Review.
  • Beans – In one study, people who ate legumes—like beans and lentils—at least four times a week had a 22% lower risk of heart disease than people who ate them less than once a week.

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