Your heart is a blood-pumping machine that helps you get up and go every day. Of course, you need to refuel in order to keep you heart and your body going, but not any type of fuel will do.
It’s important to maintain a healthy diet with foods that will be good for your heart. These foods will help you keep your ticker in shape and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, which kills over 600,000 people in the United States each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some heart healthy foods that you can focus on, plus a few foods that you should avoid.
What Food is Good for a Heart Healthy Diet?
There is no exact super diet that will guarantee success, but there are plenty of foods that can help your heart. The key to maintaining a heart healthy diet is to include a variety of good, nutritious foods that contain protein, whole grains, and minerals. The American Heart Association suggest a healthy diet that includes the following foods:
- a variety of fruits and vegetables,
- whole grains,
- low-fat dairy products,
- skinless poultry and fish
- nuts and legumes
- non-tropical vegetable oils
On the flipside, there are plenty of foods that can hurt your heart. Foods with added sugars, trans fats, or sodium can result in effects like raised blood pressure, cholesterol, or just extra strain on your heart in general.
Maintaining a Heart Healthy Diet
It’s also important to note that maintaining a heart healthy diet is about more than just what you put in your body; it’s about how much as well. Make sure that you aren’t consuming too many calories that you won’t be able to burn off throughout the day. A combination of a proper diet and physical activity can help team up to keep your heart in great shape.
Between healthier foods, manageable portions, and exercise, you can help keep your heart in shape. If you have any other questions about how you can shape your diet to benefit your health, call 440-250-8660 or contact Westshore online to make an appointment with a Cleveland dietitian today.
Julie Wise, R.D.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.