These Are 7 of the Best Foods for Your Heart

Every week it seems like there’s a new study either praising or demonizing a particular food and it makes it hard to know whether that glass of “heart-healthy” red wine is actually good for your health.

That’s why researchers from the American College of Cardiology aimed to sort out exactly which foods we should all be eating for healthier hearts. They published their recommendations in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology this month after reviewing more than 60 studies.

Every week it seems like there’s a new study either praising or demonizing a particular food and it makes it hard to know whether that glass of “heart-healthy” red wine is actually good for your health.

That’s why researchers from the American College of Cardiology aimed to sort out exactly which foods we should all be eating for healthier hearts. They published their recommendations in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology this month after reviewing more than 60 studies.

“There is no perfect, one-size-fits-all dietary pattern for preventing heart disease,” study co-author Andrew Freeman, MD, FACC, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health, said in a statement. “But, most of the evidence continues to reinforce that a predominantly plant-based diet lower in fat, added sugars, added salt, processed foods, and with limited if any animal products seem to be where the data is pointing us.”

So, what should you be eating? Here’s what Freeman and his team deemed the heart-healthiest foods — plus some other research-backed foods you should add to your diet.

1. Almonds

The new study lists nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet and we say almonds are some of the best you can eat. These nuts are full of monounsaturated fat, which helps lower LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol. Plus, monounsaturated fats are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, which keeps our immune systems healthy.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises keeping fat consumption to 30 percent of your daily calories, with most coming from monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.

2. Apples

Fruit is your friend! In 2005, Cornell University researchers found that eating one Red Delicious apple a day can stop LDL oxidation, which occurs when cholesterol mixes with free radicals, or unstable molecules in your body; as a result, cholesterol becomes damaged, causing inflammation and plaque build-up in your arteries. Cornell scientists found that an apple a day can help lower levels of bad cholesterol by 8 percent.

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