Some foods you can eat if you want to keep your heart healthy.
Starting the day with a bowl of oatmeal is known to keep you feeling fuller for longer. But did you know it’s beneficial for your heart as well? It contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are both good for your heart and your mind. It can also help to lower the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in your bloodstream. The high fibre content is also good for your heart and overall health of your body.
Eggs have long been seen as the heart’s enemy due to the level of cholesterol in them. But this actually has no effect on the amount of cholesterol in your blood. In fact the yolk contains choline, which actually helps to dissolve fat and cholesterol.
This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to reduce blood pressure and prevent clotting. Two servings a week have been shown to reduce your risk of a fatal heart attack by up to a third. If you don’t like salmon, other oily fish such as mackerel or sardines also contain these omega-3 fatty acids.
These are packed with mono-unsaturated fats, lowering the levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood and raising the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Add them to your sandwich and salad at lunchtime and your heart will thank you.
Both of these contain compounds that help to prevent blood clots as well as lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels in your blood.
An apple a day may indeed help to keep the doctor at bay. They contain a chemical that acts as an anti-inflammatory and help to reduce blood clots. They also contain plenty of fibre, brilliant for aiding your heart and digestive system.
And for some foods to avoid:
Any food high in unhealthy fats (saturated) and a concentrated source of sugar or refined carbohydrates (white bread etc.) are very unhealthy for your heart. These include foods such as donuts, cakes, chips, cookies, ice cream and most foods available from many fast-food outlets.
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