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7 Heart Healthy Eats and Drinks

Eat & Drink Your Way to a Healthy Heart

It's been said that 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day could be good for your heart. But, why does that matter?

Because 48% of Black women have some form of cardio vascular disease, but only 14% (20 and older) believe that it's a health problem, but the right diet can make a difference! So, here are 7 foods that love your heart as much as you do!

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1. Oatmeal
Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, so it's great at lowering (bad) cholesterol which can clog up the walls of your arteries. Beware, however, of reaching for that instant oatmeal that's packed full of sugar, instead try old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats and sprinkle on some brown sugar and blueberries!
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2. Blueberries
Blueberries are packed full of flavonoids (antioxidants: the fountain of youth) that may decrease blood pressure and dillate the blood vessels - just the kind of things your healthy heart wants. The same goes for other berries as well. They're a great topping for yogurt or oatmeal and add a great touch to summer salads!
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3. Dark Chocolate
You know what they say...the darker the chocolate the happier your heart! Why? Because Dark chocolate contains flavonoids called polyphenols, which may help blood pressure, clotting, and inflammation. But if you're not a fan of 60 -70%+ cacao, then try adding dark chocolate chips to your yogurt or eating them with some berries!
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4. Red Wine
Oh, happy day! If you're anything like Olivia Pope, you reach for a glass of red wine after a long hard day (and let's face it, even on good days too), and you'll be glad to know your heart is thanking you for it! The polyphenol, resveratrol, is thought to help decrease blood pressure. For those non-drinkers, grapes and peanut butter are a yummy substitute.
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5. Avocado
Avocados are rich in monosaturated fats which can help to reduce cholesterol, and they're high in antioxidants too! So next time you're ordering your burrito, do your heart (and your tastebuds) a favor and shell out the extra for the guac!
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6. Tomato
Like it's fellow fruit the avocado, tomatoes are also great for the heart (and delicious!). Tomatoes are high in potassium and are a great source of lycopene (antioxidant) which can help to get rid of "bad" cholestrol, keep blood vessels open and lower heart attack risk - yes, please!
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7. Salmon
Next time your honey takes you out to Red Lobster, skip the shrimp and head straight for the Salmon. Salmon contains a great amount of omega-3 fatty acids which studies have shown to lower the risk of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and atherosclerosis (arterial plague build-up). (Now is only those biscuits were heart healthy too...) (Photo: Dieter Heinemann/Westend61/Corbis)


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