5 Foods to Keep Your Heart Happy and Healthy
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It kills more people each year than all forms of cancer combined, according to the Heart Foundation. And women are especially at risk: One in three American women will die from heart disease (compare that to the one in 31 who will die from breast cancer).
But there is good news when it comes to heart disease: You can lower your risk dramatically by staying active, eating the right diet and making smart lifestyle choices like not smoking. Small steps can make a big difference and no time is better than February, which is American Heart Month, to begin those changes. With that in mind, here are some heart-healthy superfoods that are proven to help keep your heart strong:
Blueberries: These little guys are packed with fiber and vitamin C and have been shown to reduce one’s heart attack risk. You can find them at your grocery store all year long or at farmers markets around Michigan in the summer. In fact, Michigan has a number of blueberry festivals so you can eat heart healthy locally!
Salmon: The American Heart Association advises eating salmon or other fish high in omega-3 fatty acids twice a week. Plus, salmon is one of the most versatile and easy-to-cook fish. Try this chili glazed salmon with brown rice for a quick, low-calorie meal.
Soy Protein: These proteins come from soy beans (they are found in tofu, edamame and soy milk) and are filled with fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are also proven to lower triglycerides, which prevents heart disease. One easy way to eat more: Pack soy nuts as a healthy snack.
Oatmeal: Oats are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. According to the FDA, oats can help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol levels.
Spinach: This leafy green is filled with minerals like folate and iron and vitamins that help fight heart disease. An extra benefit: Spinach is also high in magnesium and has been shown to reduce stress.
If you want to learn more about caring for your heart, you may be interested in these other blogs:
- Reaching for a Diet Pop to Quench Your Thirst? Your Heart Might be a Reason to Rethink That Choice
- Clearing Up Misconceptions About Heart Disease
- High-Tech Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy
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