Diet plays a big role in developing chronic cardiovascular diseases. However, there are some easy-to-implement eating habits that can help reduce your risk.
Eating salmon twice a week provides you with omega-3 fats that are linked to ‘good cholesterol’ and preventing plaque from forming in arteries.
Replacing some portion of your red meat intake with beans and legumes is a great way to add more lean plant proteins that are low in saturated fat.
Get rid of refined grains in favor of whole grains. Refined grains like white bread and white rice can increase your risk of heart disease, while whole grains like wheat bread, quinoa, brown rice and whole wheat pasta help reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ and boost ‘good cholesterol.’
Berries make a great snack and are full of antioxidants that will help protect your cells from free radicals.
Leafy greens like kale, spinach and collard greens are packed with vitamin K and nitrates which can help protect your arteries. If you hate salads, mix some into a smoothie.