5 Fab Foods That Are Good for Your Heart
Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month. Because heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults now is the perfect time to make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health by committing to a healthier lifestyle. Thankfully, a healthy diet can be good for your heart as well as your waistline. Here are 5 fab foods that are good for your heart.
1.) Colorful Veggies – Red, yellow and orange veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers and acorn squash are packed with carotenoids, fiber and vitamins to help improve your heart health.
2.) Dark Chocolate– Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to treat yourself to dark chocolate that is at least seventy percent cocoa. Dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries and makes the perfect gift for your heart.
3.) Salmon– This favorite fish choice is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have an anti-clotting effect and keeps blood flowing to your heart. They also help lower your triglycerides (a type of fat that can lead to heart disease). The American Heart Association recommends at least two servings of oily fish each week.
4.) Walnuts – Five ounces of nuts each week may dramatically decrease your risk of heart disease according to the American Heart Association. Walnuts have lots of “good” fats and are a good source of omega-3 fats which is a heart healthy must!
5.) Oatmeal – Oats contain beta-glucan, a type of of fiber that lowers your cholesterol and helps keep your arteries clear.
There are many foods that can help keep your heart at its best, and these top 5 fab foods that are good for your heart are just a few of many. Making small changes in your diet can help lower your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol, and greatly reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you’d like to learn more about how to incorporate more heart healthy foods to your diet, or if you’re ready to change your nutritional habits for a healthier lifestyle, please contact Right Nutrition Works today!
Prajakta Apte, RDN
Right Nutrition Works