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Guidelines for Heart-Healthy Nutrition

Part of the Heart Disease For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you have heart disease or want to prevent it, paying attention to what you eat is crucial. The tips in the following list point to the basic requirements for a heart-friendly diet:

  • Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables daily — at least five servings.

  • Choose a variety of whole grain foods daily.

  • Choose healthy fats in moderation and limit your intake of saturated fat and transfat.

  • Use less salt and choose prepared foods with less salt.

  • Choose beverages and foods to moderate your intake of sugar.

  • If you consume alcohol, do so in moderation.

  • Do not consume more calories than are required to maintain your best body weight.

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