Someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 42 seconds. That’s pretty a terrifying stat. But here’s some good news: There are tons of simple choices you can make every day, like exercising regularly and not smoking, to protect your heart and lower your risk of developing cardiovascular issues. Another genius way to get your healthiest heart yet? Eating a wholesome diet that’s full of good-for-you foods. In this video, we’re spotlighting ten superfoods that will keep your ticker in top shape.
In case you missed it, fat is back (yes, really). Good sources of fat include eats like salmon and nuts, which are both loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as extra-virgin olive oil that’s full of monounsaturated fats. All are known to lower the risk of heart problems, like plaque buildup in the arteries or arrhythmia, which is characterized by an irregular heartbeat. No, thanks.
Another key ingredient in a happy heart meal plan is fiber. You can find fiber in oats (the old-fashioned, rolled, or steel-cut varieties!), as well as legumes like beans, lentils, and peas. And fiber doesn’t just lower cholesterol; it also helps to control blood sugar, which can be a major risk factor for heart disease if they get too high. Overnight oats sound pretty good right about now...
Want to know what other eats made the cut on our list of top ten superfoods for your heart? Watch the video above. We promise it’ll make you feel better the next time you’re noshing on dark chocolate during a Netflix binge. Does it get any better than that?