Key to A Heart-Healthy Diet

Insider's Viewpoint: Expert Supermarket Advice: Key to a Heart-Healthy Diet. Jennifer Egeland, Hen House Markets. Fruits And Veggies More

February is Heart Health Month. Diet plans and exercise are critical to heart health. Let’s look at some important questions regarding diet and heart health.

What is the key to a heart-healthy diet?
Eating lean proteins, low-fat dairy, whole grains and lots of fruits and vegetables!

What makes fruits and vegetables great heart-healthy food?
They are high in fiber, potassium, flavonoids, and antioxidant vitamins (such as vitamins C and E) that research has shown can decrease the risk of heart disease and blood pressure.

Which fruits and vegetables are best?
All fruits and vegetables benefit your health. Produce items have been shown to be particularly powerful at promoting heart health are …

Green Leafy Vegetables: Green leaf and romaine lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and mustard greens
Cruciferous Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and kale
Citrus Fruits: Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit (and their juices)

Do I have to eat only fresh produce?
No. All fruits and vegetables are healthy and offer many benefits for your body. Enjoy all forms of fruits and veggies, fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits, low-sodium canned vegetables, canned fruit packed in juice or water, and 100% fruit or vegetable juice.

Remember … shoot for at least 5 servings a day, but MORE MATTERS!

Jennifer Egeland, RD LD
Registered Dietitian
Hen House Markets

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