Posted on 02/1/2018
Hi. I'm Rene Ficek, registered dietician nutritionist. February is National Heart Health Month, and did you know that a healthy diet is a major factor in reducing your risk of heart disease? So eat those healthy red foods and limit those not-so-healthy red foods.
Some of the healthiest red foods that can protect our hearts are going to be pomegranates and strawberries, and while all fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, berries and pomegranates contain very powerful antioxidants. In terms of heart-health, nutrients like fiber and folate are going to do be our shining stars.
Be sure to limit your intake of the not-so-healthy red foods like red meats and processed meats such as salami, bacon, hot dogs and sausage. These foods contain a high amount of saturated fat in addition to a high amount of salt, making it a double whammy for the heart.
And red candy, just like all other candy, should be limited. A diet full of sugary drinks and sugary foods can increase blood pressure, but it also stimulate the liver to dump more harmful fats into the bloodstream. Both factors are known to boost heart disease risk.
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