Heart Healthy Foods

Published 02/29 2012 10:08PM

Updated 03/22 2012 08:58AM

Getting regular exercise, not smoking and controlling stress are just a few ways to keep your  ticker ticking, you can also help your heart through your stomach.

Registered Dietitian Julia Canavera says, "Your plate is your prescription. We're going to get that nutrient if we're eating the whole food."

Near the top of Canavera's heart healthy food list is salmon.  It's high in omega 3 fatty acids, but don't let the word fatty scare you.

Canavera says, "We call them mono or poly unsaturated fatty acid and usually it's omega 3 or omega 6. Those are things that are really going to be good for your heart."

These good fats help protect against heart attacks, increase good cholesterol protect your arteries from plaque and lower blood pressure.

Nuts are another good choice to get that omega 3.

"Whether it be hazelnuts, cashews, brazil those are the foods that will be the most heart healthy for you."

Did you know beans really are good for your heart? In fact they're low in fat and high in fiber, which helps remove bad cholesterol. They also contain B-vitamins which protect against blood clots and hardening of the arteries.

Click here for more information from the American Heart Association.

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