How to Love Your Heart

Food

11409: Howto Love YourHeart

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Changes You Can Make

Eat Better

  • One of your best weapons against cardiovascular disease is a healthy diet. Eating a wide variety of foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt, but rich in nutrients can help protect your heart. Instead of thinking about a healthy diet in terms of what you can’t eat, think about it in terms of what you can eat. Add more: Fruits and vegetables— about 4 1/2 cups a day
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  • Whole grain foods — at least three 1-ounce servings a day.   Fish — at least two 3 1/2-ounce servings a week.  Nuts, legumes and see— at least four servings a week.

About 25 percent of the cholesterol in your blood comes from the foods you eat. Eating healthy foods low in cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fats, as well as foods that are high in fiber, can help keep cholesterol levels in check.

Another way to help control cholesterol levels is by incorporating soy protein into your healthy diet. An extensive body of research has shown that soy-based diets can reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides, and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).  One of the key components in soy’s cholesterol

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