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Improve Heart Health with Simple Changes to Your Diet

September 6, 2013

Some of us avoid making changes for our health because we imagine that it will be way too much work, but ABC News says “Cutting your risk for cardiovascular disease doesn’t necessarily require a total lifestyle overhaul.”

Heart Healthy Diet ChangesOne area we are often reluctant to change is our diet. It doesn’t matter how many times we hear about the importance of a heart-healthy diet, committing to changing the way we eat is tough because we are all so busy and it seems much easier to continue our routines. Rather than trying to change everything all at once, you can commit to a small change, like making one meal you eat heart healthy.

Breakfast

If you are too hurried in the morning or think that you do fine without eating before lunchtime, you may want to reconsider this practice. A 16-year study of 26,000 men in the U.S, found that those who did not eat breakfast had a 27 percent increased risk of heart disease.  

Chocolate

Some people have really taken to the idea that chocolate is good for the heart—perhaps without knowing why and without knowing what kind of chocolate provides the most benefits. To help your heart, you can have 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate without a lot of added sugar or fat "…appears to relax blood vessels, lower blood pressure and control blood sugar."

Heart-Healthy Salad

Just eating salad may not be enough to protect against heart disease if you are eating salads loaded with high-calorie toppings and dressing with high-fat content. Try to include leafy greens and vegetables that are rich in color in your salads and opt for vinaigrette. A Harvard study found that two tablespoons of vinaigrette a day could reduce a woman's chances of heart disease.

 

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