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Keeping your heart healthy is important for everyone, and especially for women. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States (CDC). In order to ensure your heart stays healthy, prevention should remain a priority. 

There are many ways to help with heart disease prevention, starting with reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and staying active (American Heart Association News). Further, one of the best things you can do for your heart health is to consume the right foods. 

In honor of American Heart Health and Go Red for Women Month, we researched some of the best foods to eat for a healthy heart. Try incorporating some of these foods into your next meal to keep your heart fueled and happy: 

  • Berries

    • Berries help to avoid the processes from which heart disease can arise, and who doesn’t love a tasty and juicy berry! From antioxidant-rich blueberries to nutrient-filled blackberries, the choice of berry is your prerogative.

  • Whole grains

    • Whole grains offer a great source of fiber among the many other nutrients they add to your diet. Try to incorporate healthy whole grains like whole wheat flour, whole grain bread, and oatmeal into your diet while avoiding unhealthy options w like donuts, buttered popcorn, and white bread.

  • Leafy green vegetables

    • Like kale and spinach, leafy greens are vital in reducing the risk of heart disease. Rich in nutrients that lower blood pressure, leafy greens, and veggies, can be incorporated into any meal of the day.

  • Avocados

    • Fats are often thought to be bad, but there are healthy fats out there, like avocados! Healthy fats are a great source of nutrition and fuel for your body and your heart. For more suggestions on how to eat avocados, check out our article for National Avocado Day!

  • Dark chocolate

    • Who doesn’t love some tasty chocolate? Whether you love it or hate it, dark chocolate is the kind of chocolate associated with good heart health. Nevertheless, still eat it in moderation and do not make it a  part of every meal!

  • Low-fat proteins

    • We talked earlier about healthy fats from foods like avocados. With proteins, however, it is important to locate low-fat protein sources to maintain good heart health. Low-fat dairy products, eggs, and legumes are just a few.

  • Healthy nuts

    • Healthy nuts, like walnuts, can help prevent heart disease. Have a few every day to help protect your heart!

  • Red wine

    • Finish your days off with a glass of red wine. It is a perfect way to help your heart and destress from a long day simultaneously.

Share these suggestions with others to help protect and keep those you love healthy. And remember to Go Red for Women this month!

The information about these foods was obtained from the Mayo Clinic and Health Line. Click on these links to learn more about the benefits of these foods and tips for keeping your heart healthy.