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Healthy Foods to Incorporate into Your Diet

Updated on March 16, 2016

Make sure to add these healthy foods to your daily diet.

Whole Grains: rice, pasta, and many cereals now contain whole grains. Whole grains help clear out your arteries and contain fiber, which keeps you regular.

Oatmeal contains soluble & insoluble fiber, which lowers LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) and keeps food moving through the digestive system.

Fish (Salmon & Tuna), walnuts & flaxseeds: contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart.

Sunflower seeds, avocados, olive oil, almonds, and other nuts: contains mono-unsaturated & poly-unsaturated fats; "healthy" fats.

Red wine: alcohol helps prevent artery damage by lowering LDL, prevents blood clots, and raises HDL (the "good" cholesterol) Of course, moderation is key, meaning 1 glass of wine for women; 2 for men daily.

For every additional 10 grams of fiber you eat daily, you reduce your risk of heart disease by 17%!
Most Americans only get half of their daily recommended amount of fiber.

Depending on your age, sex, and weight, you may need more or fewer amounts of these foods.  Check with a nutritionist or doctor to be sure of your daily requirements.


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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Good tips. I'm just now trying to add fish to my diet because it is not my favorite food in the world, but I'm learning how to cook it various ways.