It's the leading cause of death in this country, but heart disease doesn't have to affect you or your family. Years of medical research have given us some easy-to-swallow ways to lower our chances of getting heart disease, and you'll find it's as simple as making some smart choices.
In addition to eating less fat and sodium, the American Heart Association suggests eating fewer calories and more fiber. To get the nutrients you need each day, opt for:
- More fruits and vegetables because they are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals but low in calories
- More whole grains, which can help lower cholesterol and control weight gain by making you feel full
- Fish twice a week, especially those that contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and trout.