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Superfoods That Have Your Heart In Mind

Author : Robert Boswell

Heart disease is number one killer amongst both men and women in the United States. And though we all realize that feeding on nutrient-dense healthy foods benefit reduce the risk, we could not know which foods are the best selection to battle this lethal ailment head on.

The key is stepping up fiber and determining unsaturated fats. Eating unsaturated fats, like omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil, could assist to reduce triglycerides. And a diet high in soluble fiber, which is oftentimes found in legumes and other fruits and vegetables, assists to lessen LDL cholesterol levels.

Sardines are an great source of omega-3 fatty acids, together with calcium and niacin. You could prepare fresh ones on the grill, or canned sardines work great in salads or sandwiches. Mackerel is another excellent source of omega-3s, and is full of selenium, which is an antioxidant mineral which can assist take care of the body from heart disease and cancer. A great way to get omega-3s on the go is by grabbing a handful of walnuts for an afternoon break. Add some to your green salad, or give chicken salad a nutrition mark up by adding ground walnuts.

Kidney beans are an affordable resource of high fiber, are low fat, and have no cholesterol. Add them to salads and chili, as they definitely are almost a flawless health food. Since canned varieties are likely to be richer in sodium, try to make use of the dried varieties whenever possible.

Whole-grain barley is rich in soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, which is good for fighting constipation. It is also a good protein resource and has a great supply of iron and minerals. Pick whole-grain barley cereals, or substitute whole-grain barley for rice and pasta side dishes once a week.

Oatmeal is a good way to boost your fiber content early in the morning, and it also has a low glycemic index, which assists to present lasting energy stave off hunger. Choose rolled oats, and add some raisins, apples, and honey for flavor. Instant oatmeal is not a healthy option as it's regularly loaded with sugar.

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