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Heart-Healthy Foods Along with a healthy diet, you also need to keep your weight, cholesterol andblood pressure under control. Don't settle for bland foods that you have to force yourself to eat.

Instead, here is a list of delicious heart healthy foods that will improve your  health!

1. Tomatoes: Long linked to heart health, tomatoes have been proven to lower cholesterol and prevent the clotting of platelet cells in your blood. They're also full of vitamins A,C and K and potassium. Snack on grape tomatoes while watching TV or enjoy them in your salads, sandwiches or meals.

2. Oatmeal: Oatmeal' is such a diverse food. You can take it and make it suitable for all taste buds. It lowers LDL (the "bad" cholesterol), helps keep arteries clear and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Opt for steel-cut oats over the instant varieties because they contain more fiber.

3. Sweet potatoes: They're inexpensive, easy to cook and have numerous health benefits. They're loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C and a day's worth of vitamin A. Make sure not to skip on eating the skin because it's also packed with fiber and potassium!

4. Olive oil: Using olive oil when you cook is definitely a smart decision. It's free of cholesterol, salt, sugar and trans fat while being full of monounsaturated fat, the good kind of fat! It helps prevent heart disease, helps digestion and promotes healthy aging. Use olive oil in your recipes in place of butter or cooking oil.

5. Papayas: This fruit is high in vitamins E and A and helps limit the oxidation of cholesterol in the blood stream, which is associated with a lower risk for heart attack and stroke. And one medium-size papaya generates more than twice the adult RDA of vitamin C, so eat up!

6. Oranges: Oranges aren't just full of vitamin C; they also reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart failure. A soluble fibercalled pectin acts as a giant sponge which soaks up all the cholesterol in food and blocks its absorption. The potassium found in oranges also counterbalances your salt or sodium levels, keeping blood pressure troubles at bay.

7 Soybeans: These foods are one of the most nutritious plant foods available and can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Soy lowers levels of the artery-clogging LDL cholesterol without reducing levels of the beneficial HDL cholesterol.

8. Soy milk: Unlike regular milk, soy milk is naturally cholesterol-free and contains both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that can reduce your cholesterol level. If you're a milk lover, it can be hard to get used to the taste of soy milk, but it's definitely worth it to help prevent heart disease.

9. Flaxseed: This tiny seed is packed with a variety of nutrients and has a pleasant nutty flavor. Flax also contains a soluble fiber which helps lower cholesterol levels and lowers the risk of heart disease

10. Whole grains: Along with reducing the risk of heart disease and some cancers, whole grains can also help with weight management. They provide your body with carbohydrates, which is your main energy source, so your brain, heart and nervous system will function better throughout the day! Have a bowl of Cheerios with soy milk and your favorite berries in the mornings to help kickstart your day.

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Vivvy Ikhena

Was an educator and student counsellor with Lagos State Millennium schools,Public and private with Fifteen years counseling experience. Now a skincar...

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