The sudden rise in heart attacks and heart-related ailments over the last few decades has led reluctant people to sit up and take note of their diet. Eliminating favourite foods that are bad for the heart has been the hardest part for most folks. The thought of the responsibilities they have and the support of their families has helped to ease this transition a little.
Let’s look at the bright side, food that is good for the heart can also be nice and delicious. We’ve identified some foods that you can enjoy and are also good for your heart.
The high omega 3 content in fish makes it very favoured as a health food. You can take your pick of fish – salmon, herring, tuna, trout or mackerel. Grilled fish is a nice meal choice.
The high content of phytonutrients in berries makes them really good not just for the heart, but for your health in general. All berries are good – strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries etc. Berries taste great in yoghurt or you can add them to your cereal.
This grain has a whole host of nutrition. You can have oatmeal cereal, oatmeal bread or oatmeal cookies and they are all good for you.
Almonds and walnuts are extremely good for the heart and high in many nutrients.
Rich in lycopene, beta-carotene and Vitamin C, tomatoes are known to be good for the blood and heart in general. Even sundried tomatoes are nutrient rich. Add them to your food or a salad.
Fresh broccoli tastes great when eaten with hummus or a yoghurt based dip. You can also have fresh broccoli with a meal of grilled fish or in a salad.
Very rich in nutrients and also great for the heart. You can replace the lettuce in your sandwich with a leaf of spinach instead. Spinach and tofu or spinach and corn casserole taste great. You can also have spinach with white sauce pasta.
Kidney beans or black beans can be made into a tasty preparation with rice. These dark beans are very nutritious and also have a high content of Vitamin B and other minerals. Beans are also a good source of fibre.
Legumes, in general, are high in protein and good for you. Chickpeas can be cooked in a variety of ways and you can even have it as a tasty hummus dip.
Chocolate with more than 70% content of cocoa is very good for the heart. Cocoa is rich in flavanols which prevents blood clots and regulates the blood pressure.
The monounsaturated fat content reduces bad cholesterol. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Dark red grapes or purple grapes have resveratrol which is excellent for the blood. You can have grapes with yoghurt or in your cereal. Another great way to get a daily dose of dark grapes is with a glass of red wine.
Heart-healthy foods can actually be quite nice and appetising. Even if you do not have heart problems it doesn’t hurt to eat healthily.