What types of foods should people eat for better heart health?

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A. Some of the foods that contribute the most to heart health are fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish. Whole grains contain fiber – see below for more information on why that's important. Fatty fish, such as salmon and herring, contains omega 3 fatty acids, which help protect against heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating these types of fish at least twice a week. Fruits and vegetables are not only good for the heart, but they also help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight – which is also good for the heart. However, no matter how many times we hear this, most of us still don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. It's common to eat one piece of fruit or one serving of vegetables a day, but ideally, we need three of four servings of each. The government guidelines recommend eating five to nine total servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Q. Can foods help lower cholesterol? A. Yes. Dietary fiber is one nutrient that helps lower bad cholesterol ( ...
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