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Top Four Foods for your Heart

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According to the Heart Foundation, Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in New Zealand. Every 90 minutes, a Kiwi will die from heart disease. One in twenty adults have been diagnosed with heart disease. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight and obesity, low fruit and vegetable intake as well as smoking. The evidence is clear – a plant-based diet, free from cholesterol and saturated animals fats, has been shown to help prevent and even reverses heart disease.

 

We have carefully selected four delicious plant-based foods that are not only tasty but are good for your heart!

 

Top Four Foods for your Heart:

 

1. Kale

Kale health benefitsWhat can kale not do? In addition to boosting your immune system, counteracting the negative effects of smoking and preventing the common cold; kale reduces your chances of developing heart disease. Health-promoting phytonutrients in kale are extremely beneficial for heart health and the compound, glucoraphanin, found in the leafy green helps to plaque from building in your arteries.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Soy

What are the health benefits of soyAccording to the American Heart Association; “There is increasing evidence that consumption of soy protein in place of animal protein lowers blood cholesterol levels and may provide other cardiovascular benefits“. While several studies suggest that “soy may help reduce menopausal symptoms, and lower the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.” 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Nuts

Health benefits of nutsStudies have found that a single handful of nuts everyday may cut your risk of having a heart attack by half. Evidence also suggests that nuts boost longevity. So nuts are the ultimate snack food; choose them over chips and a spoonful of peanut butter over sweets. Also while you are at it… try a brisk walk each day. Just 60 minutes of moderate exercise will help your immune system, help you sleep and give you more energy.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Whole Grains

wholegrains top healthy foodsGrain products range from pasta, bread, oatmeal and cereals (even Fry’s is made from a blend of grains!). Eating whole grains have a number of important health benefits. The dietary fibre from the whole grains, when formed part of a balanced diet, reduce blood cholesterol levels which promote a healthy heart.

 

 

 

 

 

Why not form this top healthy foods for your heart into a deliciousprotein packedmeal? Our recipes are brimming with taste and make eating better easier! Head over to our recipe section now or let us know what your tops tips are for good heart health on Twitter!