SPOTLIGHT ON: HEART HEALTH
Heart Health Super Foods
In addition to exercise, a healthy diet is crucial for optimal heart health. Incorporating “superfoods” into your daily intake has been shown to help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis — the buildup of fatty deposits in artery walls.
When planning a healthy diet, it is important to consider the number of calories you’re ingesting, or you may be sabotaging yourself with an unhealthy weight gain, which can cause serious heart problems.
Before beginning any drastic change in your eating habits, be sure to consult with your doctor or a nutritionist to plan a diet that benefits your situation.
Common Super Foods
While building your shopping list, consider the layout of your favorite store. Make sure most of your groceries are purchased around the store’s perimeter. This is where you’ll find mostly fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats.
According to the American Heart Association, these awesome foods can provide you big benefits in the fight for a healthy heart.
Turkey: It’s not just for Thanksgiving anymore. When planning a meal that features ground beef, consider this leaner substitute. It can add a splash of health in favorites like chili, casseroles and even grilled patties.
Low-fat yogurt: A great source of calcium, Vitamin D and protein. The AHA also suggests using it in recipes as a substitute for sour cream.
Berries: Load up with healthy blueberries or strawberries. According to the AHA, about four-and-a-half cups of fruits and vegetables per day can lower the risk of a heart attack.
Salmon: A great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and low in saturated fats, salmon decreases the risk of abnormal heartbeats and slows the growth of plaque in arteries.
Dark chocolate: Finally, a guilty pleasure that shouldn’t make you feel so guilty! In moderation, chocolate is a great source of flavonoids, which provide powerful antioxidants and immune-system benefits.
Nuts and seeds: These superfoods provide protein and healthy unsaturated fats. Great choices include unsalted almonds, peanuts and pistachios.
Sticking to a new diet can be difficult. With proper planning and a commitment to healthy eating, these delicious foods will soon become powerful weapons against heart disease.
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