10 Heart-Healthy Foods

Keep your heart-healthy and lower your cholesterol with these 10 foods.

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    1. Oats

    Oats contain a high proportion of soluble fiber, which reduces 'bad' LDL cholesterol. Get 3 delicious recipes for oatmeal.
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    2. Yogurts and Spreads

    Yogurts and spreads containing plant sterols (similar to good cholesterol) can reduce bood levels of LDL cholesterol by up to 10 percent.

    3. Olive Oil

    Olive oil is a potent mix of antioxidants that reduce LDL cholesterol while leaving your HDL cholesterol untouched.

    4. Salmon and Tuna

    Salmon and fresh tuna contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Eat three portions a week if you've had a heart attack. Get the recipe for Ancho-Rubbed Salmon Fillets with Lime.

    5. Tomatoes

    Tomatoes and tomato paste are packed with vitmins and the antioxidant lycopene, which has beneficial effects on the heart. Get the recipe for Tomato and Spinach Tart.

    6.Walnuts and Almonds

    Walnuts and almonds are rich in essential fatty acids that help to keep your blood vessels healthy by lowering cholesterol levels. Check out 10 Meals to Make with Walnuts.

    7. Apples

    Apples contain quercetin, an anti-inflammatory chemical that can help prevent blood clots.

    8. Onions and Garlic

    Onions and garlic help reduce blood cholesterol, as well as improving circulation and discouraging blood clotting. Get the recipe for Green Beans with Onion.

    9.Red Wine

    Red wine has been shown to clean up the walls of the arteries. But be careful not to exceed healthy guidelines. Check out our picks for the Best Budget Wines.

    10. Dark Chocolate

    Dark chocolate is rich in heart-friendly flavonoids that keep cholesterol from gathering in blood vessels. It also slightly lowers blood pressure. Eat no more than 1.5 oz. daily.

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