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Heart-healthy Eating

Heart-healthy eating is a way of eating that will help to keep your heart and cardiovascular system functioning well.

Heart-healthy eating includes:

Eating less:

Choosing more unsaturated fats like:

A heart healthful eating plan for lowering blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and triglycerides is based on these American Heart Association dietary guidelines.

emphasize vegetables, fruits, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products

Total fat intake should be 25 to 35 percent of total calories.

Knowing Your Fats

In addition, a healthy diet includes

The goals of the American Heart Association Eating Plan are available at

This site was last updated June, 2014.
This is a source of information only, and is not medical advice.