Foods Your Heart Will Love
Tired of being TOLD what you can't have? Your heart -- and your taste buds -- will thank you for eating these delicious and healthy foods.
BY: Elizabeth Rogers of 50Plus.com
While lean meats like chicken are a staple in many diets, most of us aren’t getting enough of those important omega-3 fats. Fish is a rich source of heart-protecting eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) . These fats can reduce irregular heart beats (which lead to cardiac arrest), reduce inflammation in the body, reduce “bad” cholesterol levels and lower the amount of dangerous triglycerides in the blood How much do you need? The current recommendations are two servings of fatty fish per week. Your body can store omega-3 fats, so you don’t need a daily dose. Atlantic mackerel, salmon (Atlantic and Chinook are best), Atlantic herring and rainbow trout have the highest levels of EPA and DHA, while tilapia, shrimp and haddock don’t have as much per serving. If you don’t like fish or are concerned about mercury levels, try a fish oil supplement instead. Another option is aim for plenty of alpha-linolenic acid (AHA) — another omega-3 fat that is found in flax, canola oil, salba and fortified foods.