Foods for a Healthy Heart

You already know that a healthy heart demands a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. But other than holding off on double helpings of bacon, what else can you do to keep your heart on the job?

The Heart Association indicate that a well-balanced diet, low in saturated fat, can protect your heart. Some foods may reduce cholesterol levels; others may reduce the amount of damage cholesterol can do. Other foods may reduce your body’s ability to produce the blood clots that can jam arterial high-ways and trigger heart attacks.

Research suggests that the following foods can help increase the likelihood that your heart will remain the healthy workhorse it was designed to be. But don’t pick one food, eat it at every meal and think you’re going to prevent a heart attack. The key, experts say, is a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

  • Apricot
  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • Fish
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Greens
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Prunes
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes

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