You may have heard of the saying “you are what you eat.” It was originated from Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” So, would you prefer to be a greasy piece of bacon that leaves you feeling sluggish, or a bright and colorful piece of fruit (packed with vitamins) that gives you energy? While your initial thought might have been “bacon … give me bacon!” your heart will thank you if you stick to the following foods.
A study done by Tufts University found that eating this lycopene-rich food five or more times each week reduced the risk of coronary disease by 26 percent.
It’s full of antioxidants such as vitamins A and C. Forget the apple, eat a tomato a day – in your morning omelet, over a salad, on a sandwich, or even grilled.
Packed with protein and omega-3s, salmon is a cardiologist’s dream food. In addition to being healthy for your heart, it can positively impact your brain function, protect your eyes and reduce mild insomnia. Americans don’t consume nearly enough seafood. I recommend adults eat about 200 grams of salmon each week to fully reap its benefits. If eating salmon every week seems like a bit much for you, tuna, sardines and herring have also been linked to heart health.
Almonds, pecans and walnuts are all good choices for healthy hearts. Headed to the beach? Grab a small bag, pack them, and go. Nuts make a great snack. Three different studies have consistently found that people who eat nuts regularly had up to a 50 percent lower risk of having cardiovascular disease.
A high fiber diet in general has been associated with lower risk of heart disease and broccoli is loaded with it – having a little over 1 gram of fiber in half cup, chopped. In addition to having plenty of fiber, broccoli is filled with a group of antioxidants that work together to reduce inflammation and stress that can clog arteries.
Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health found: “women who eat three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries each week may lower their risk of having a heart attack.” These two sweet fruits are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Like nuts, they make great snacks. Get them in your diet daily by sprinkling a handful over your morning oatmeal or having them in a shake at lunch.