real simple: heart healthy food

as we strive to be healthy, it helps to know what foods can improve your health. so here are 7 recommended in Real Simple’s article:

  1. Omega-3 FatsBenefits: proven to reduce acne and inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease and even a heart attack, lowering your blood pressure, boosting immunity, and even improving arthritis
    Food(s): Salmon and walnuts
  2. High Fiber Finds
    Benefits: lower your cholesterol and promote healthy heart function. Recommends aiming to get 30g of fiber a day
    Food(s): Fruits, veggies, and whole grains over white refined foods (which are typically stripped of their iron and B-vitamins)
  3. Oatmeal
    Benefit: keep your arteries clear and lower your cholesterol.
    Food(s): A bowl of oatmeal in the morning will stock you up on omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and potassium.
  4. Spices
    Benefit: contain potent anti-inflammatory properties and help balance your blood sugar
    Food(s):
    Ginger, green tea, cocoa, cayenne, and cinnamon; Mix them into tea or your favorite foods to reap the healthy heart benefits.
  5. Legumes
    Benefits: high in fiber, contain calcium and omega-3 fatty acids
    Food(s): lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and kidney beans
  6. Soy Protein
    Benefits: lowering triglycerides (the chemical form which most fats exist in food as well as in your body) and decreasing cardiovascular disease; high quality protein that contains fiber along with vitamins and minerals
    Food(s): edamame and tofu
  7. Blueberries
    Benefits: packed with antioxidants that help to boost your immune system and keep you healthy during cold season; help to reduce your risk of heart disease and even cancer

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read article on Real Simple: 7 Foods That Should Be on Your Heart-Healthy Checklist

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