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Nutritionist shares top heart health boosting foods

10th Jun 2024 - 11:33
Nutritionist shares top heart health boosting foods
UK registered nutritionist and chef Jenny Wise, from recipe box delivery service Green Chef, has revealed the top heart-health boosting foods along with tasty ways to add more to your diet.

British Heart Week (7-15th June), is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease, its prevention and the importance of maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle. It’s widely recognised that a good diet and regular exercise is the best way to care for your heart, but what are the best foods to boost heart health?

Wise commented: “Eating a balanced diet is crucial for maintaining a healthy heart. It’s no secret that the food you eat can have an impact on your overall health, but it can also impact your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. By incorporating these heart-healthy foods into your everyday meals, not only can you boost your overall health and wellbeing, but also support your heart health. 

“However, if you’re ever concerned about your heart’s health, always consult with a medical expert immediately. As one of the most vital organs in your body, it’s important to know any irregularities, or what normal is for you.”

Leafy green vegetables

Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, cabbage and broccoli can help to promote a healthier heart. Increasing your intake by adding more to everyday recipes is a great way to not only support your heart, but also promote overall wellbeing.

Healthy fats

Healthy can be found in salmon, avocado, olive oil and walnuts are all rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which is essential for promoting a healthy heart when consumed in moderation. 

Incorporating healthy fats into your diet can be both easy and delicious. Jenny recommends either grilling or baking salmon and adding it to a summery salad dish, along with diced avocado, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, along with plenty of leafy greens. 

Whole grains and oats

To boost your heart health, Jenny suggests opting for wholemeal or granary breads, pastas and brown rice. These simple swaps can keep your recipes tasty, while supporting your heart health.

Protein rich foods

Foods such as lean meats, fish and eggs are a great source of protein, and when consumed as part of a well-balanced diet, can help to support overall wellbeing and boost heart health. 

What foods should you limit when boosting your heart health?

If you’re looking for ways to boost your heart health through your diet, it’s vital to understand the foods which you should limit, or replace for healthier alternatives.

Wise advises foods which are high in salt and saturated fat should be limited and only consumed within moderation and as part of a well-balanced diet, which does include a small amount of fat. This includes fatty cuts of meat, butter, cream and cheese.

Likewise added sugars and alcohol can also have an adverse effect on overall wellbeing and the amount you consume should be closely monitored.

Written by
Edward Waddell