Your No-Fail Healthy Heart Eating Plan

by Samantha Mark, RD, CDN

Eating healthy for your heart is paramount. A strong heart feeds blood to every part of the body, while a weak heart can lead to numerous life-threatening cardiovascular-related ailments–many of which are among the leading killers for African-Americans and Latinos. Here are some tips that can benefit your diet and ultimately your heart:

  • Don’t add salt to your food. Cook with a limited amount of salt, if any. Avoid adding large amounts of salt to food at meals and snacks.
  • Choose foods prepared with healthy fats. This includes olive oil, canola oil, avocado, nuts and nut butters.
  • In packaged foods, look for the words low sodium or no salt added.
  • Prepare your foods healthfully. Bake, grill, steam or broil. Avoid deep-fat frying!
  • Choose lower fat dairy. One percent or skim milk products are still very nutritious and tend to have less fat.
  • Stay active! Physical activity should be a part of everyone’s day. Exercise not only helps keep you in shape (and looking good!), but it can do wonders for internal workings of the body, especially your heart!
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