Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Opt for Heart-Healthy Foods

A heart-healthy diet can aid to keep blood vessels clear of plaque, and help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Womenshealth.gov offers these guidelines for a heart-healthy diet:
  •  Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits.
  •  Making at least half of your daily grain consumption whole grains. These may include whole-grain barley, brown rice, whole-grain corn and oatmeal.
  •  Eating low-fat dairy foods, such as yogurt, cheese and milk.
  •  Getting lots of nuts and dry beans, lean meat, fish and poultry without the skin.
  •  Favoring polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats via vegetable oils, fish and nuts.
  •  Avoiding: saturated and Trans fats, sodium (salt), cholesterol and added sugars.
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