Heart-healthy eating

Heart-healthy eating is an important way to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death for American women. Stroke is the number 3 cause of death.1 To get the most benefit for your heart, you should choose more fruits, vegetables, and foods with whole grains and healthy protein.

Heart-healthy eating, along with regular exercise or physical activity, can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death for American women.

You should choose these foods most of the time:

Fruits and vegetables. At least half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables.

Whole grains. At least half of your grains should be whole grains. Whole grains include:

whole wheat

whole oats

oatmeal

whole-grain corn

brown rice

wild rice

whole rye

whole-grain barley

buckwheat

bulgur

millet

sorghum

Fat-free or low-fat dairy products. These include milk, calcium-fortified soy drinks (soy milk), cheese, yogurt, and other milk products.

Seafood, skinless poultry, lean meats, beans, eggs, and unsalted nuts.