These Foods Affect Heart Disease Most

According to a recent report from researchers at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, ten foods are linked to almost half of all heart disease deaths in the United States. In most people, dietary changes—such as eating more fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and less salt and meat—can substantially lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers identified these foods to eat more of: nuts, seafood rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and polyunsaturated fats (e.g., soybean oil, corn oil, walnuts, flaxseed oil). To reduce heart disease risk, people should eat less foods high in sodium, processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, and red meat (e.g., steak, pork chops). Dietary intake of these food products is associated with about 45 percent of all deaths from heart diseases, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, according to researchers.

A number have studies show that most people in the U.S. eat too much red meat, cheese, processed grains, sugar, and salt. The bottom line is that a healthy diet is one of the most important ways to prevent disease and maintain good health.

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