With the flurry of New Year’s resolutions behind us, February is a perfect time of year to think about what types of foods you’re eating, and how they’re benefitting your body—especially your heart. Every single minute, your heart pumps roughly 1.5 gallons of blood throughout your body. Thank your heart for working so hard by choosing foods and drinks that help it function at its best. Here are nine foods that aren’t only healthy, but they also taste delicious! The best part? Wine and chocolate are on the list!
Salmon and other fatty fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower the risk of certain heart conditions.
High in soluble fiber, this breakfast staple can help lower cholesterol. Go for quick-cooking or rolled oats instead of the instant kind, which usually contain added sugars.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries all contain certain compounds that have been shown to help lower your risk of heart attack.
4. Dark Chocolate
Thanks to compounds called flavanoids, your favorite dessert is good for your heart, as well as your mood! Just make sure you choose chocolate that’s at least 60% cocoa.
Full of fiber and vitamin E, nuts can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
As long as they’re not fried, spuds can help lower blood pressure, since they’re high in potassium and fiber.
Legumes, like beans, lentils, and peas, can lower the risk of heart disease and help control blood sugar levels.
8. Green Tea
Avid tea drinkers have a 20% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.