February Is Heart Health Month:

And Here Are 7 Food Choices To Fight Heart Disease

1. Pack your plate with fruits and veggies
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends filling half your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal.

2. The skinny on saturated fat
Recent reports suggest saturated fats found in animal-based foods like butter, cheese, whole milk and meat might not be quite the culprit it has been portrayed to be.

3. Eat like a squirrel
Nuts and seeds like peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, pistachios and sunflower seeds are considered heart-healthy foods because they’re filled with magnesium, protein and fiber.

4. Beans are good for the heart
High in protein, fiber and minerals — but without the saturated fat in animal proteins — beans may indeed be the “magical fruit,” to quote the old children’s rhyme.

5. Hide the shaker
The American Heart Association recommends healthy Americans eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt per day — about one teaspoon — and people with high blood pressure should eat far less than that.

6. Keep a tight lip on your sweet tooth
Highly processed sugars and sugar-sweetened beverages are pretty bad for weight gain and cardiovascular health. Rather, get re-acquainted with the always fresh taste of water!

7. The hard-boiled truth about eggs
Once derided as cholesterol-laden artery bombs, eggs have made a minor comeback in the health community in recent years.

*Excerpt from The Dallas News Healthy Living Section