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Foods That Impact Heart Health

It may come as no surprise that food and health go hand-in-hand. Each newly marketed product likely has a tag line that associates its consumption with various health benefits. Know what is healthy and what could be damaging to your heart.

At the Long Island Heart Associates, we believe it is important to share our knowledge of how to keep your heart in the best standings.

Foods to avoid for improved heart health:

Although the following options may appear harmless and intriguing when properly placed on store shelves, it is important to limit your intake or avoid these foods at all costs.

1-      Bagels: Want a boost of energy to start your day off right? Avoid eating this common breakfast food that is highly dense and stripped of all natural fibers. Bagels have been shown to decrease energy levels and trigger inflammation.

2-      Hot Dogs: If you’re looking for a game-day snack or getting ready for a backyard barbeque, consider a healthier alternative than the hot dog. Did you know: Regular consumption of processed meats is linked to heart disease?

3-      Margarine (Stick): If you can’t believe it’s not butter, than what is it? It is probably something you should avoid to save your health. In a typical stick of margarine, one tablespoon is equal to just about 100 calories. There are 8 tablespoons in a stick. That’s 800 calories per half a cup of margarine!

Food and drink to consume more often:

Incorporating the following list of items to your daily diet regimen in moderation will increase overall health.

1-      Flaxseed: Have the ability to eat healthy without a complete change in diet. Adding flaxseed to homemade muffins, bread or the morning yogurt will provide your body with the recommended amount of omega-3’s and fiber.

2-      Red Wine: There are two types of cholesterol: HDL cholesterol, also known as “good” cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, the cholesterol that can increase your chances of acquiring heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Red wine contains flavonoids that improve LDL cholesterol levels. Cheers to your health!

3-      Walnuts or Almonds: A handful of walnuts and/or almonds a day will increase your energy, heighten your mood and make your meal extra tasty. What will eating a handful of either of these do for you? Both walnuts and almonds include plant omega-3’s, fiber, magnesium and mono and polyunsaturated fats—great for your heart!  

Change your eating habits and improve your stamina and self-esteem. By controlling portion-sizes, incorporating fruits and vegetables into your everyday meal regimen and reducing the amount of unhealthy fats and cholesterol, you will be one step closer to improved health. 

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