Here are some heart-healthy tips for American Heart Month that we all can use. That's because heart disease is still the No. 1 killer among men and women. Your diet is an important risk factor to consider. But there are certain foods that promote women's heart health.
- Heart disease
- Heart attacks
Or other chronic health problems like:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Some forms of cancer
And conditions that lead to heart disease, such as:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
By incorporating certain foods into your diet, you can protect yourself against a wide range of chronic conditions. So, here’s a look at foods that promote women's heart health, how much you should eat and why they’re so good for you.
A recent study found a link between men and women who eat low-fat yogurt and a decreased risk for heart disease. Yogurt may also help reduce the risk of stomach ulcers and vaginal infections. The key is to choose a low-fat yogurt with live cultures.
If you're putting together a diet to promote women's heart health, fatty fish should be on the menu. These include:
Beans are high in minerals and fiber without the saturated fat found in some animal proteins. They promote women's heart health by lowering your cholesterol.
Tomatoes are rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins A and C, folic acid and beta-carotene. They're also high in lycopene, which not only gives a tomato its red color, but boosts your body's natural antioxidant defense. Watermelon, red grapefruit, red navel oranges are also high in lycopene if you're not fond of tomoatoes.
A recent study found people who ate one ounce of nuts five or more times per week had a 14 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 20 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease.
Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries) are a good source of polyphenols, micronutrients and fiber. There's emerging evidence promoting their impact on women's heart health.
By making subtle changes to your diet and adding a few of these foods, you can make progress in improving your overall health and in preventing heart disease.
Another important part of a heart-healthy diet is trying limit the amount of fast food you eat. Our interactive infographic "Scary Fast Food Nutrition Facts" explains why.