Improve heart health with your fork

vegetablesEating a healthy diet can have a significant impact on your long-term heart health. But a recent study shows just how beneficial a heart-healthy diet can be. In the study, published in Circulation, researchers collected data on the amount of milk, vegetables, fruits, grains, fish, meat and poultry 31,000 participants with heart disease ate in the previous year. Over five years, 5,000 people had a heart attack or stroke. The results found that those who ate a heart-healthy diet reduced their risk of dying from heart disease by 35 percent.

So what’s a heart-healthy diet? The American Heart Association recommends that an adult eating 2,000 calories a day should have at least four-and-a-half cups of fruits and vegetables, eat fiber-rich whole grains and oily fish and limit his or her sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams per day. If you’re at risk for heart disease and aren’t sure how to start a heart-healthy diet, talk with your doctor about how to get on the right track.