How to Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet

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A heart-healthy diet is low in saturated fat but high in soluble fiber, which helps to lower LDL cholesterol but raise HDL cholesterol. Eat well for a healthy heart with advice from a licensed dietitian and nutritionist in this free video on healthy eating.

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In order to try to eat a healthy diet for your heart the main thing is to reduce the fat you know and make sure that you are not eating a lot of added fats. One trick is the butter sprays. You know the butter sprays have a lot of flavor but they have almost no fat. If you are going to use oils make sure that they're the unsaturated oils and olive oil, canola oil, you know those help to actually reduce cholesterol to some degree and particularly the olive oil will help raise the good cholesterol which you always want to do. Nuts and seeds are actually healthy if you pick the right kind, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds all help lower the bad cholesterol and then we talked about foods that are rich in soluble fibers, right, oatmeal, apples, dry beans and peas, they absorb that cholesterol and take it from the body so you want to make sure you have a good amount of those or at least one serving every day. Any amount of vegetables is always going to be heart healthy and then you'll also want to think about the antioxidant level of the foods you are eating because what antioxidants do is they keep the LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and the more oxidized it is the more likely it will stick to the artery wall.


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