Diet and Heart Disease

What you eat greatly affects the health of your heart. But eating right isn’t nearly as tough as it seems once you learn what to fill your plate with—and what to leave on the grocery store shelf. Take fat for example. Saturated and trans fats—which are found in fried foods, fatty cuts of meat, regular dairy products, and processed foods—are harmful to heart health. On the other hand, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats—which are found in nuts, vegetable oils, and avocado—can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, guard against irregular heartbeats, and decrease your risk of coronary artery disease.

We’ll help you decipher how to pick your proteins, make veggies interesting, and limit your salt intake without limiting taste. These tips and more will promote a healthier heart and maybe even a slimmer waistline. 

Top Heart Disease Diet Articles

Diet and Heart Health Basics

Is there a link between heart disease and alcohol, calcium, sugar, and caffeine? Which foods should you avoid and which foods should you include in your diet?

Salt and Heart Disease

Reducing your salt intake by just half a teaspoon can reduce your blood pressure, lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, and kidney disease.

Heart-Healthy Substitutions

Swapping traditional ingredients for healthier versions will give you less fat--but not less flavor. You'll feel better and won't notice the difference in taste--or maybe you'll like it more!

The Best Proteins for Your Heart

Elevated LDL levels can lead to heart disease. Eating more healthy proteins like fish, nuts, and low-fat dairy promote heart health.

Make Veggies More Interesting

Vegetables are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. But just because they're good for your heart doesn't mean they have to be boring.

Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Heart Disease

Saturated fat, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat can all have an effect on heart health, for better or worse.

7 "Hearty" Breakfast Ideas

Explore heart-healthy breakfast options beyond oatmeal. These omelets, fritattas, and pancakes will make your mouth and your heart happy.

7 Heart-Healthy Lunches

Is your lunch menu limited? These delicious and easy-to-make salads, sandwiches, and soups will make lunch your favorite meal.

A Heart-Healthy Dinner Party

Heart-healthy cooking doesn't have to be bland. Surprise your guests with these delicious--and good-for-you--recipes.

Arginine: Good For the Heart

Arginine, or L-arginine, is one of the 20 amino acids we get from proteins. It is typically considered a semi-essential amino acid.