Heart Healthy Tastes to Keep You Pumping

Fiber One BarToday’s heart healthy taste is an oatmeal Fiber One bar with 140 calories, 9 grams of fiber, and only 10 grams of sugar. It packs 35% of an adult’s daily fiber needs and has won lots of “Healthiest Snack” awards for its great taste and health benefits.

Here are five more foods that can help ensure you remain heart healthy:

  1. Oatmeal
    Fiber in your diet keeps you regular, fights weight gain, and has heart health preventative qualities. For the average adult, the recommended fiber intake is 25 grams per day.
  2. Sweet Potatoes
    Try them baked, mashed, in a soup-almost any way you like except marshmellow-topped. Surprisingly, this tuber has a low glycemic index and is a nutritional powerhouses packed with Vitamin A, fiber, and lycopenes.
  3. Black Beans
    Black beans are packed with heart healthy nutrients including folate, antioxidants, magnesium for lowering blood pressure, and fiber (which helps control both cholesterol and blood sugar levels).
  4. Salmon
    A top food for heart health, it’s rich in the omega-3s EPA and DHA. Omega-3s lower risk of rhythm disorders, which can lead to sudden cardiac death. Salmon also lowers blood triglycerides and reduces inflammation.
  5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Or, as Rachel Ray would say, EVOO! When olive oil replaces saturated fat (like butter), it can help lower cholesterol levels. Extra-virgin oil contains anti-oxidants called Polyphenols, which may protect blood vessels!

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