What are the top foods for heart health?
Fitspot’s Tune In Tuesday for February (also conveniently Heart Health Month) focused on heart-healthy nutrition. You can watch the 15-minute webinar here, led by Atlanta-based Good Measure Meals, and here we’re sharing five heart-healthy foods to incorporate into your diet.
- Nuts and Seeds
These two nutrients keep your heart healthy by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol. Nuts and seeds also contain magnesium, a mineral involved in heart contraction and blood pressure regulation.
Oats are especially high in a type of soluble fiber called beta glucan, which is associated with decreased LDL cholesterol and lower risk for heart attack and stroke.
- Beans & Legumes
beans and legumes provide plant-based protein with zero saturated fat. (High intakes of saturated fat are associated with increased LDL cholesterol and heart disease.)
- Fatty Fish
Salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna are excellent protein sources that are low in saturated fat and high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
- Fruits & Vegetables
Bananas, potatoes, melon, oranges, spinach and broccoli top the list for potassium content, a mineral that helps reduce blood pressure and is essential for heart contraction.
Read the full blog that includes how to incorporate these foods into your diet on Good Measure Meals.