Most of us know that we can reduce our risk of developing heart disease with lifestyle changes like integrating exercise into our daily routine. Your diet has a direct impact on your health. And the foods you eat or, in some cases, the foods you do not eat, can make all the difference to your heart’s health. Unfortunately, it seems that every day, there is a new craze for the diet that hits the newsstands, resulting in a lot of misinformation about what we should be eating.
If your goal is to avoid heart disease or reverse the trend, here are 8 heart healthy foods that should dominate your diet.
- Berries: Berries are an excellent source of antioxidants like anthocyanins, which help improve the function of blood vessels, keep blood pressure under check and play a large part in the formation of blood clots. Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries make a great addition to your diet for your health as well as your appetite!
- Avocados: Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats and potassium and play a major role in reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and
- Fatty Fish & Fish Oil: Fatty fish and fish oil are both high in omega-3 fatty acids and play a large role in reducing risk factors that could lead to heart disease. Salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and trout are great for your health and your heart.
- Walnuts: Walnuts play a major role in reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and reducing the risk of heart disease. A handful of walnuts goes a long way in boosting your hearts health.
- Dark Chocolate: This is our favourite heart healthy food. Rich in antioxidants like flavonoids, dark chocolate is great for the health of your heart and has been associated with reducing the risk of heart disease. In fact, the higher the percentage of cocoa in chocolate, the better! This is because the protein and antioxidants increase with a higher percentage of cocoa and sugar decreases. So, go ahead and have a chocolate every day, it might just keep the doctor away.
- Seeds: Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds go a long way in satisfying your hunger and helping your heart. Flax seeds are packed with omega 3 fatty acids and fibre while chia seeds are rich in protein and fibre. Ground or milled, go ahead and plant your seeds, it’ll definitely be fruitful.
- Garlic: It plays a major role in reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and contributing to the formation of blood clots.
- Olive Oil: High in antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, olive oil is revered for its properties that help reduce blood pressure and risk for heart disease.
Do you have a favourite food or snack for the heart? Share them in the comments section below to help others find new heart healthy foods that they can incorporate into their diet.
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