World Heart Day | 7 foods that keep your heart healthy

World Heart Day | 7 foods that keep your heart healthy

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Your diet can have a huge impact on your heart health. So, to celebrate World Heart Day - here are 7 foods that will help you to keep ticking.

Apples 

An apple a day really could keep the Doctor away! 

A study conducted by Cornell University found that snacking on a red apple every day could help to prevent LDL oxidation, which is good news for your heart health. Just make sure you don’t pass on the skins - they’re packed full of fibre, which helps clean up your arteries and keep everything ticking nicely. 

Avocados

It really does seem as if this superfood can do no wrong. 

Not only will they make your Insta feed rejoice, but avocados are also full of ‘good’ fats which can help to decrease LDL cholesterol and stop your arteries from getting clogged up. 

Not to mention, they're also packed with vitamin E and potassium which help to balance your sodium levels. 

Definitely worth a double tap.

Looking for a recipe to use up your Avocados? Check out this Vegan Mexican Layered Dip.


Garlic

You might need to pack your mints, but garlic breath is a small price to pay for all of the benefits that come with it – especially when it comes to your heart health. 

Garlic is packed full of good stuff that has been shown to help reduce blood pressure and platelet build up, which could potentially lead to blood clots. 

Top tip: If you can handle it, eat your garlic raw as this is when it has the most benefits for your ticker. 

Berries

Berries are full of nutrients that help to keep your heart healthy. They also contain antioxidants, which can help to prevent inflammation which can contribute to heart disease. 

Studies have shown that just 2 months of sipping on a strawberry smoothie can reduce your LDL cholesterol by a massive 11%. 

Check out Krissy Cela's berry smoothie recipe here

Almonds

Another superfood that is great for your heart

Just like avocados, almonds are full of monounsaturated fats that help to lower LDL cholesterol and keep your immune system strong and healthy.

Almonds might be high in calories, but they are also packed full of crucial nutrients that help keep your heart healthy. 

Fish

Studies have found that eating fish can help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease due to it containing omega-3 fatty acids. Like other foods on the list, fish can help to break down plaque built up in your arteries and lower your blood pressure. 

Dark Chocolate

You might be incredibly happy to hear that chocolate has made it on to the list. 

Dark chocolate might not be quite as delicious as its milkier siblings, but it is packed full of antioxidants which can help to improve your heart health. One study showed that if you eat dark chocolate 5 times a week, you can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by 57%. 

Thank us later. 

So, there you have it! Why not celebrate World Heart Day by treating yourself to one of these heart-healthy snacks? 

Let us know which one your favourite in the comments is below (*ahem* chocolate.) 

Happy World Heart Day everyone!

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