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Are You Feeding Your Heart These 12 Foods?

Posted by Eskaton on Feb 19, 2016 6:41:46 AM

healthy-food.jpgDid you know your heart, at rest, works harder than the leg muscles of a person sprinting? Also, it only takes 16 seconds for the blood to go from your heart to your toes and back to your heart.

That is one hard-working organ!

 

Since your heart is your hardest working organ, it only makes sense to spend time each day taking care of it. Start by feeding it good, nutritious heart-healthy foods.

Make an effort in February, heart-healthy month, to change your eating habits to incorporate good-for-your-heart foods every day.

12 Heart-Healthy Foods to Add to Your Diet

  1. Fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout) - a great source of omega-3s
  2. Nuts (walnuts, almonds)  - provides unsaturated fatty acids and satiety
  3. Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) - heart-healthy phytonutrients and soluble fiber
  4. Flaxseeds (ground or milled) - a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and phytoestrogens
  5. Oatmeal - provides beta-glucan, a fiber specifically good for cholesterol
  6. Dark beans (kidney or black beans) - high in fiber, B-vitamins and minerals
  7. Red, yellow and orange veggies (carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers and acorn squash) - all the carotenoids, fiber and vitamins you need
  8. Spinach - rich in minerals, vitamins, pigments and phytonutrients
  9. Asparagus - a great source of beta-carotene, folate and fiber
  10. Tomatoes - good-for-you lycopene, vitamin C and alpha- and beta-carotene
  11. Dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cocoa) - a great source of flavanols, which help lower your blood pressure and prevent blood clots
  12. Broccoli - high in vitamins C and E, potassium, folate, calcium and fiber

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