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Foods that are Part of a Heart-Healthy Diet

May 17, 2013

You can lessen your chances of having heart disease or decrease its effects if you already suffer from it by following a heart healthy diet. Itechpost.com discusses why people should avoid cholesterol in their quest to improve heart health:

Edamame"Since cholesterol can't dissolve in the bloods, transport proteins called lipoproteins and low-density lipoproteins (LDL) carry it where it needs to be. Over time, the LDL cholesterol particles can lead to plaque growth made of cholesterol, cells and debris that block the walls of arteries. This blockage causes heart disease and can lead to a heart attack or a stroke."

The website also lists 10 foods that are good for your heart:

1. Black Beans - Black beans have elements such as folate, antioxidants, magnesium and fiber that can aid in lowering cholesterol. If you use canned beans, you should rinse them off to wash away added salt.

2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Extra Virgin Olive Oil has antioxidants and healthy fats and using it in place of butter can keep your cholesterol down.

3. Walnuts - Walnuts can reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol. They also contain fiber and mono saturated fats.

4. Almonds - Almonds contain heart-healthy fats as well as fiber.

5. Edamame - Edamame are green soybeans that have fiber that lowers cholesterol—a half cup of edamame has the same amount of fiber as four slices of whole wheat bread.

6. Oranges - Oranges have an antioxidant that can aid in lowering blood pressure and they also contain fiber and useful potassium.

7. Carrots - Carrots have the same soluble fiber that can be found in oatmeal.

8. Oatmeal - Oatmeal can lower harmful cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It can also keep you feeling full, which can keep you from unnecessary snacking.

9. Barley - Barley is a whole grain that can help keep cholesterol low.

10. Flaxseed
- Flaxseed has a trio of ingredients that can help the heart: fiber, lignans and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) (an omega-3 fatty acid).

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