The 6 Best Heart Healthy Foods

By Diana Zarowin

There was once a time when Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum lived on jelly beans and coffee.

Now, the cardiologist, Director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, American Heart Association’s National Spokesperson and author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Health Book knows better – and she wants to make sure we do too.

In honor of the American Heart Association’s February Heart Health Month, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum sat down with us to talk about eating for heart health.

According to Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, we need to load up on foods high in antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols since they dilate the arteries and decrease blood pressure.

The best heart healthy foods:

Nuts

Berries

Olive oil

Avocados

Whole grains like oatmeal and quinoa

Dark chocolate (70% cocoa).

Next time you think to reach for a bowl of Lucky Charms, try either steel-cut oatmeal with flaxseeds and fresh berries or multigrain bread with almond or pumpkin butter instead!

Your heart will thank you.

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