Heart Healthy Foods You Should Eat 10
Nuts have always been regarded as one of the most delicious and nutritious heart healthy alternative of junk foods and other unhealthy snacks. The monounsaturated fats, fiber, protein, and vitamin E present in almonds make them the best nuts when it comes to a heart healthy diet plan.
One way nuts may help your heart health is by lowering the low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol levels. LDL plays a major role in the development of plaque that builds up on the blood vessels. Eating more nuts has also been linked to lower levels of inflammation linked to heart disease.
Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans are other nuts that appear to be quite heart healthy. And peanuts — which are technically not a nut, but a legume, like beans — seem to be relatively healthy.
Of course, you can get too much of these good things: Nuts are high in fat and calories, so while a handful can hold you over until dinner, a few more handfuls can ruin your appetite altogether. And although nuts are a healthy choice by themselves, they'll quickly become detrimental to any diet when paired with sugary or salty toppings or mixes. So be careful with some of those trail mixes out there! Especially with the M&M's. Remember everything in moderation!