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5 foods to boost your heart’s health

While it’s true that most people are willing to eat what’s good for them, the truth is we’d rather have cookies. The good news is that with a little diet modification, there’s room for wholesome foods and the sweet stuff, too.

A diet high in fruits, vegetables and fiber is the way to go when it comes to keeping your heart, as well as your entire body, in peak shape. If you’re not sure what you should or shouldn’t be eating, why not give these five heart-healthy super foods a try? You can kick-start a healthy diet and also enjoy every mouthful.

Blueberries. They’re good in smoothies, they pair well with pancakes and they are great all by themselves as a snack. What’s more, blueberries contain anthocyanin, an antioxidant, as well as fiber and vitamin C.

Salmon. Even people who don’t care for fish usually like the light flavor of salmon. A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is on the American Heart Association’s list of foods to eat twice a week for heart health.

Oatmeal. We need to eat plenty of fiber to ensure good digestion, and oatmeal is one way to make that happen. Oatmeal’s also a whole-grain food, full of vitamins and minerals, which has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and also lower the risk for heart disease.

Beans. Black, kidney, navy, lima … beans come in lots of colors and flavors, making them an easy addition to most any dish. And when it comes to nutrition, beans are a guilt-free food — next to no fat, lots of protein, no cholesterol and hefty doses of fiber, potassium, iron and calcium. Even the FDA’s a fan, allowing the American Dry Bean Board to claim, “Diets including beans may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers.”

Spinach. This lowly leaf reigns supreme in the supermarket’s mixed-greens aisle. Spinach is heavy in folate, b-complex vitamins, calcium, magnesium, fiber, potassium and carotenoids, all of which means spinach fights diseases, preserves your eyesight and keeps your heart healthy.

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