Getting to the Heart of a Healthful Diet
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Getting to the Heart of a Healthful Diet

A heart-healthy lifestyle isn't about deprivation. It's about eating more—more fruits, more vegetables, more whole grains, and more unsaturated fats. When you focus on putting more of these nutrient-rich foods in your diet, there is naturally less room for the not-so-heart-friendly foods—those high in saturated fat and low in nutrients.

Healthy eating habits can help you reduce three of the major risk factors for heart attack:

  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Excess body weight

So how does this translate into your grocery list and on to your dinner plate? To help you eat the heart healthy way, The American Heart Association has created some guidelines. Click on each guideline below to find out what it means for you...


American Heart Association

Center for Science in the Public Interest

US Department of Agriculture


Greene CM, Fernandez ML.The role of nutrition in the prevention of coronary heart disease in women of the developed world. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2007;16(1):1-9.

Last reviewed January 2007 by Marcin Chwistek, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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