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Top 5 Diets for Heart Health

One of the best ways to fight cardiovascular disease is with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Eating certain foods can increase your risk for heart disease and it can often be difficult to change those habits. If you are making a drastic change to your diet, or need small helpful tips, these five diets that promote heart-healthy benefits may be for you! Remember to always consult your physician before starting a new diet plan.

1. Mediterranean Diet
  • Incorporates traditional foods that people eat in counties like Italy and Greece.
  • Supports weight loss and may help with the prevention of heart attacks, strokes and type 2 diabetes.
  • Features high intake of veggies, moderate amount of fish and minimal animal proteins.
2. Ornish Diet
  • Dietary and lifestyle plan that incorporates healthy eating habits with physical activity.
  • May help reverse the progression of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
  • Focuses on unprocessed good carbs, fats and proteins, found in their most natural form.
3. DASH Diet
  • Stands for: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
  • Designed by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute specifically to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and prevent hypertension.
  • Emphasizes eating foods that are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals and low in saturated/trans fats, salt and sugar.
4. MIND Diet
  • A heart-healthy plan that was created to combat dementia by combining the Mediterranean and DASH diets.
  • Nutritional plan has 10 food categories that incorporate vegetables, berries, nuts, lean proteins, healthy fats, and most popularly: a glass of wine daily.
  • Limits intake of foods that are high in sugar, saturated and trans fats.
5. Vegan Diet
  • A vegetable-focused diet that excludes all animal products, including dairy and eggs.
  • Nutritional menu is comprised of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes.
  • A plant based diet can decrease plaque in the blood vessels and lower risk of diabetes and stroke.
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