7 foods that are good for your heart

About half of the deaths in the United States from cardiovascular disease have one contributing factor in common: a poor diet. We’ve known for a long time that what we eat affects our heart health, but two new studies look more closely at how food affects cardiovascular health, Dallas News reports.

Researchers determined that food is the biggest contributor to heart health. It’s more of a factor in how healthy a heart is than genetics, exercise and smoking. Eating the wrong foods contributes to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes — all risk factors for heart disease.

Foods that are high in saturated fats, sugar and white flour should be eaten in moderation, but it’s not just what you don’t eat that can contribute to heart health. There are some foods that can be a regular part of your diet that make the heart happy, and here are just a few.

The high fiber in oatmeal helps to control cholesterol, according to Mayo Clinic. The fiber reduces low density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as “bad” cholesterol. Stay away from the sugar bowl and instead sweeten oatmeal with antioxidant

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