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Heart-Healthy Foods

Is there a way to eat healthy for your heart?

Some foods will help with your heart health. You may be eating many of these foods now, but you will begin to understand why you are eating them and how they help your body and heart.

Some Do’s and Don’t

Eliminate trans-fats and saturated fats from your diet. Look at your food labels. Trans-fat is in many processed foods like margarine, shortening, and many others. Saturated fats are in full-fat dairy foods and red meats.

Include two healthy oils: poly-unsaturated fatty acids and mono-unsaturated fatty acids. Poly-unsaturated fatty acids are in foods like oily fish and walnuts, flaxseed, omega-3 fortified eggs, and small leafy greens. Mono-unsaturated fatty acids are in olive oil, canola oil, and avocados.

Eat fresh whole foods instead of processed foods.

Reduce the amount of salt intake.

Get some movement in each day. Fitness is good for your heart and lungs as well as your whole body.

10 Healthy Heart Foods
You will want to keep these healthy foods around.

Walnuts – Helps cholesterol, blood pressure & inflammation.
Spinach – Helps brain function & improves blood pressure.
Salmon – Omega-3 in salmon helps prevent heart disease.
Kidney Beans – High in fiber & lowers cholesterol.
Oatmeal – Lowers the rise in blood sugar after meals.
Blueberries – Antioxidants/fiber helps prevent heart disease.
Broccoli – Can help lower cholesterol & help to facilitate digestion.
Carrots – Improves vision & helps prevent heart disease.
Tuna – Aids in the prevention of irregular heart rhythms.
Flaxseed – Prevents hardening of the arteries.

The food is something you can begin to control.

Your heart will benefit from your choices.

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