Monday, 1 October 2007

The top 10 foods for heart health

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Blueberries, pomegranates, whole grains -- what do these foods have in common? Why, they are all great for keeping the ole' ticker in fine shape, among other things. With cardiovascular disease being the single largest killer in the U.S., we should all be eating more of these items in our daily diets.

Again and again, we hear that eating healthy is the best insurance we can have in life -- and the premiums paid are just in learning and making time to eat healthy foods while avoiding bad foods. But, what are the best, "hearty" foods, so to speak?

Before going down the list, try this short stack on for size regarding the best diet we can try to achieve:
  • A diet high in fruits and vegetables.
  • A diet high in plant-based foods (legumes).
  • A diet high in whole grains (fiber).
  • A diet that includes low-fat dairy and low-fat meat selections (low in saturated fats).
  • A diet low in fast food meals.
  • A diet low in processed snacks and desserts (low in trans fats, sugar, and sodium).
Trust me -- this sounds hard but it's all in your head. Anyone can do this with enough will power and determination. Are you game for change?

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