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Heart-Healthy Foods: Shopping List

When it comes to your heart, what you eat matters. Follow these tips for heart-healthy eating:

  1. Eat less saturated and trans fat. Stay away from fatty meats, fried foods, cakes, and cookies.
  2. Cut down on sodium (salt). Look for the low-sodium or “no salt added” types of canned soups, vegetables, snack foods, and lunch meats.
  3. Get more fiber. Eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to add fiber to your diet.

Take this list with you the next time you go food shopping.

Vegetables and Fruits

Eat a variety of vegetables and fruits. Buy vegetables and fruits that are in season, frozen, or canned.

Dairy Products

Look for fat-free or low-fat milk products. Or choose soymilk with added calcium.

Breads, Cereals, and Grains

For products with more than 1 ingredient, make sure whole wheat or another whole grain is listed first.

Meat, Beans, Eggs, and Nuts

Choose lean cuts of meat and other foods with protein.

Fats and Oils

Cut back on saturated fat and look for products with no trans fats.