Heart-Healthy Foods to Work into Your Diet

A healthy diet can be good for your heart as your weight. The heart is an important organ of the body and you can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by consciously working certain foods into your diet.

Here are some foods that can boost a healthy heart:

Bananas

They are said to contain about 12 percent of your recommended daily dose of Potassium. The potassium in bananas help to maintain normal heart function and the balance of sodium and water in the body. It also helps the kidneys excrete excess sodium, thereby contributing to healthy blood pressure.


Walnuts

Walnuts are a great source of omega 3 fatty acid, proteins, fiber and alpha-linoleic acid. These components help to reduce risk factors for heart diseases like high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in potassium and lycopene which have a positive effect on blood pressure and an overall benefit for the heart. Research suggests that the combination of nutrients in tomatoes may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Cooking may actually increase the health benefits of this lush fruit because although cooked tomatoes have less vitamin C, their lycopene is more available and antioxidant activity is undiminished by cooking.

Olive-oil

Olive oil contains fat that comes from monounsaturated fats which help increase the amount of good cholesterol in the body while reducing the harmful ones. Olive oil can be used for frying or salad dressing. Feel free to work it into your meal.

Popcorn

Popcorn delivers polyphenols, which are antioxidants linked to improving heart health. It is said to have three times more polyphenols than kidney beans and four more times than cranberries.

What’s more, popcorn is a whole grain and people who eat plenty of whole grains tend to be leaner and have a lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t. So don’t hesitate to have a bucket of it.

Chicken

Unlike red meats (beef or lamb), chicken has a lower level of cholesterol, saturated fat and high protein content. Animal protein/fat are regarded as harmful to the body, but boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a great source of animal protein.

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