Best foods for your heart

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IT’S YOUR HEALTH- Staying active and eating right are keys to slimming the waist line…But are you eating a heart–healthy diet? It’s more than just avoiding processed foods.

Focusing on your heart starts with what you eat.

“A high fiber diet is very good for your heart,” said Elyse Sartor, Clinical Outpatient Dietitian with Northside Hospital.

Legumes such as beans, lentils, chickpeas, and black–eyed peas are full of soluble fiber; acting like a sponge to soak up the bad LDL cholesterol.

Sartor said, “Your raw vegetables, your cooked vegetables are also going to be good for fiber. You don’t find any fiber in animal products. So a heart healthy diet is going to be lots and lots of plants.”

Dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale are full of potassium, magnesium and calcium.

These mighty minerals help regulate your blood pressure.

Both olive oil and avocados are great sources of monounsaturated fatty acids,which keep your bad LDL cholesterol levels in check and promote good HDL cholesterol levels.

Fatty fish like salmon is packed with long–chain Omega–3s. Those compounds help lower blood pressure, make blood less likely to clot, and keep blood vessels healthy. But balance is key, so don’t focus on eating one or two healthy foods and ignore the rest of your diet.

 

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Jennifer Kveglis
Jennifer joined SNN in July of 2017. Born and raised in Mount Olive, New Jersey, she found her love for media as a lead anchor for her high school’s morning television program. She graduated from Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana and extended her studies at the University of Tampa where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts. In college she interned for FOX 13 and City of Tampa Television. Her future plans are to utilize her film-making skills to provide a unique rendition of storytelling. Her love for the sunshine, beach and local area made it an easy decision to stay in SWFL after graduation. In her free time, Jennifer can be found at the gym or exploring vegan restaurants. She loves to travel and expose herself to new environments. She is excited to embrace a brand new city while making introductions with the local community. She owes her successes to her supportive family, friends, and mentors.

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