Consuming a nutritious diet and living a healthy lifestyle are key to maintaining heart health and a healthy body weight. Experts have found that avoiding foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol, salt, sugary beverages and refined carbohydrates can decrease your risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Live a healthier lifestyle by replacing “at risk” foods with whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to foods low in fat and salt or sodium. When you consider the benefits of eating a heart healthy diet, it is much easier to make changes in your food selection and to take action to prevent heart disease.
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Check out the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Published every five years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these guidelines can help you build good dietary habits that can reduce your risk of major chronic diseases. http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/DietaryGuidelines.htm
Explore some sample eating plans. These plans—the USDA Food Guide and the DASH Eating Plan—help you figure out how much of each food group (e.g., fruits, vegetables, grains, meats) you need to be eating each day.