Eating healthy heart is a matter of eating the foods that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and limit the foods that contribute to heart disease. Heart healthy diet is a plan that can be followed by all members of the family with the exception of children under 2 years. Young children need more fat in your diet
Get your protein from low-fat sources. Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, egg whites, low-fat or skim milk. Full-fat meat and dairy products are high in saturated fat and calories. Fast food meals are also usually high in fat and calories.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals, is rich in dietary fiber and low in calories. Be sure you do not add butter or other fat to vegetables. Fruits and vegetables do not have to be organic to be good for the heart.
Lose the saltshaker. Eating large amounts of salt can contribute to high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease. Learn to read food labels and seek out lower sodium products.
Nutrients found in whole grain help to regulate blood pressure and contribute to heart health. Choose whole grain breads, brown rice, high fiber cereal or oatmeal and whole grain pasta.
Learn about portion sizes and eat moderately. Try to keep your diet balanced and allow yourself a treat now and then.
Tips and Warnings
Watch what you drink as well. Sugary drinks are high in refined sugar, coloring and corn syrup.