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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