Four foods to boost heart health

Fruits and vegetables in addition to grains, nuts and fortified juices in your diet can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Photo by Samantha Nelson, Photo Editor.By KELLI DUNAGAN, Features Writer

While many sources try to educate the public on heart health during American Heart Month in February, they may forget that heart health should not end on Feb. 28.

Shopping for truly healthy foods instead of just glancing at the label on the package can make a difference in your health.

Since the FDA may not have strict regulations or definitions for health claims, it is best to eat naturally beneficial foods such as grains, fruits, veggies and nuts or fortified juices.

When going in the grocery store, what foods should you pick in order to gain the best health benefits while eating a varied diet?

Follow this guide to eating heart healthy.

Oats

These products contain the cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber b-glucan.

This fiber can reduce total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which in turn can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Soy

This protein has multiple health benefits. Studies have proven consumption of soy can lower “bad” cholesterol levels, which can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Soy also shows signs of anticarcinogens, which may reduce cancer risk.

Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids in fish play an important role in reducing cardiovascular disease risk. As little as one serving of fish per week has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular problems.

Healthy fats

A little fat is good for the body and soul, but instead of that double Whopper deluxe, get your fat from foods like avocados or olive oil. Monounsaturated fat can help lower “bad” cholesterol levels and improve heart health. Adding either avocados or some olive oil to a salad is a great way to get your daily dose.

 

While all of these foods have remarkable health benefits, all should be consumed in moderation.

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