We’re going to focus on heart health this week. In addition to choosing organic foods, follow these recommendations from the American Heart Association:
Eat a wide variety of nutritious foods from all of the food groups, and keep your eye on serving size. To get the nutrients you need, first choose foods like vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, lean meat, poultry and fish.
Look for foods high in whole grains. Unrefined whole-grain foods contain fiber that can lower blood cholesterol and make you feel full, which may help you manage your weight.
Eat fish at least twice a week. Recent research shows that eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon, trout and herring) may lower your risk of death from coronary heart disease.
Make heart-healthy grocery shopping simple. Look for the American Heart Association’s heart-check mark (above) on food products. It’s your assurance that the food is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and/or high in whole grains.
Shop easy. A heart-healthy grocery list is just a click away. Before heading to the grocery store, create your free, personalized list using the tool provided by the American Heart Association at heartcheckmark.org.