A battle with heart disease can result in serious and potentially life threatening health conditions, but prevention can be as easy as a few of diet changes. Trading out your habits of deep-fried dinners, salty vending-machine snacks, and quick sugary breakfast staples is a great first step toward better cardiac health – but you need to do more than cut out the junk. You need to start embracing foods known for their heart-friendly benefits. Here are some foods we recommend that you include in your diet to help prevent heart disease.
- Salmon – Any type of fish is recommended for heart health, but salmon is one of the best choices. It is filled with omega-3 fatty acids. Two or three servings a week can help lower blood pressure.
- Berries – Anti-inflammatories found in berries will decrease your risk of heart disease.
- Olive Oil – Mix together an olive oil based salad dressing to lower your cholesterol level.
- Legumes – Chickpeas and lentils are great sources of calcium, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Nuts – The best nuts for heart health are walnuts, almonds, and macadamia nuts. You’ll get a triple dosage of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and good fats.
- Flaxseeds – Ground up flaxseeds are filled with heart-protecting nutrition, and they can easily be sprinkled onto salads or into sauces, smoothies, casseroles, or breakfast cereals.
- Avocado – Add avocados to your sandwiches and salads, or start whipping up a weekly batch of homemade guacamole. This green produce is filled with good mono saturated fat.
- Spinach – Trade out your iceberg lettuce for spinach leaves, and you’ll find a rich source of fiber, potassium, lutein, and folate.
- Soy – Substituting fatty meat and dairy products with soy will still give you the protein you need without raising your cholesterol.
It is always best to review any major diet changes with your doctor. If you need a physician, we can help you find one online or by calling 1.855.477.DRMC.
As Denton County’s first accredited Chest Pain Center providing the most advanced heart surgeries in the region, our expert staff is here to assist you with prevention, protection, and recovery from heart disease. Please contact us here with any questions about your heart health.