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Health Tip: What's a Heart-Healthy Diet?

Foods to include, and those to avoid

(HealthDay News) -- A heart-healthy diet focuses on plenty of healthy, high-fiber foods while avoiding foods that are high in fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol.

The womenshealth.gov website offers these specifics:

  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods.
  • Eat fat-free or low-fat cheese, milk and yogurt.
  • Choose lean proteins, such as eggs, nuts, dried beans, lean meats and poultry without skin.
  • Choose healthier unsaturated fats, such as those found in nuts, fish and vegetable oils.
  • Avoid saturated and trans fats, found in fried and processed foods, fatty meats and baked goods.
  • Limit foods high in cholesterol, sodium and sugar.
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