The Best Colored Fruit for Your Heart Health
Fruits being part of your daily caloric intake is good for you. You know that, don’t you? If you’re trying to avoid gaining fat from fruits don’t juice them. Eat ’em whole. Variety is the spice of life, so mix it up. In fact incorporate some red fruits into your 5-a-day. So eat red, and here’s why.
The two main ingredients in the foods we are going to list below are lycopene and anthocyanin. Lycopene is a chemical compound where studies have shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Lycopene is better absorbed with a little oil! So saute some veggies.
Anthocyanins are superbly strong antioxidants that take care of blood pressure, heart disease and facilitate good circulation.
Red Foods for Heart Health
Synonymous with the color of your ticker, it appears that red fruits can also have benefits for your heart, lower cholesterol and keep your waistline in check. Let’s divvy our heart-healthy foods into fruit and veggies.
Vegetables for Heart Health
These are some of the best vegetables to eat for a healthy heart:
Tomatoes: Or is it a fruit? Oh well… This makes it onto our red fruits list, and veggie list. Tomatoes are packed with Vitamin A and C. Not to mention lycopene. Lycopene can help your ticker heal itself. Tomatoes are also low in sodium and bad cholesterol. And chowing down on tomatoes can reduce your risk of breast cancer (and yes, men can get BC too!).
Red Onions for Your Heart
A.K.A Spanish Onions. Not only do these taste great (especially with garlic), but they are also low in sodium and cholesterol and boost heart health.
Beets to the Beat of Your Heart
Another vitamin source that is also rich in manganese and potassium.
Heat and the Heart
The red bell pepper. Considered a super fruit, these earthy flavored gems are loaded with vitamins A, B6, C, E, (xyz) and lycopene. In fact 1 pepper has 450% of your daily requirements of vitamin C! These peppers pack a punch against plaque, bad cholesterol and blood pressure. Plus, if you cut them nicely you have a great Christmas tree decoration.
Total Eclipse of the Heart
Well, not really, because we are moving onto fruits. Here are some of the best fruits to eat. In fact you may considering mixing these together for an amazing fruit salad.
Strawberries for Heart Health
Packed with minerals like magnesium, iodine and manganese not to mention a whole host of vitamins this red fruit packs a wallop. Folate is the biggest nutrient here which can aid heart health.
Raspberries for Heart Health
This fruit is full to the brim with antioxidants. Eating these little ruby jewels can reduce heart disease, diabetes, pain, allergic reactions, even a susceptibility to cancer!
The best two things to eat for a healthy heart are fruits and veggies. But keep it all in balance and enjoy your life! See red, eat red.