How foods impact our heart.

 

The foods we eat have a large impact on our heart. With it being world heart day, its time to reflect on how we can look after ourselves a little bit by monitoring what we eat.

 

When looking at coronary heart disease, food-related risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes, and a diet high in saturated fats. All of these have a direct impact on your heart. Heart and circulatory diseases cause a quarter of all deaths in the UK, that's more than 160,000 deaths each year – an average of 460 deaths each day or one every three minutes in the UK. There are around 7.6 million people living with a heart or circulatory disease in the UK: 4 million men and 3.6 million women. (www.bhf.org.uk)

 

With heart disease being such a common cause of death for people its so important you look after yourself and your heart. A low-saturated fat, high-fibre, high plant food diet can substantially reduce the risk of developing heart disease, and can help increase the longevity of your life.

 

Here are 5 healthy foods you can incorporate into your diet to help improve your heart.

 

  1. A handful of healthy nuts such as almonds or walnuts will satisfy your hunger and help your heart.

 

  1. Berries are chock full of heart-healthy phytonutrients and soluble fiber. Try blueberries, strawberries, blackberries or raspberries in cereal or yogurt.

 

  1. Soy. Add edamame beans or marinated tofu in a stir-fry with fresh veggies for a heart-healthy lunch

 

  1. carrots, are packed with carotenoids, fiber and vitamins to help your heart.

 

  1. Dark chocolate is good for your heart health. The higher the percentage of cocoa the better!

 

Try filling your diet with these healthy foods for greater heart health.

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