What Are Heart Healthy Foods

Here are two lists of “heart-healthy” foods.

The first one is a traditional one – not exactly correct:

  • Oatmeal
  • Roasted nuts
  • Egg whites
  • Canola, corn, safflower, peanut, sesame, soybean, and sunflower oils
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray (like Pam)
  • Fat-free cheese
  • Fruits
  • Skim milk or soy milk
  • Beans
  • Margarine (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Benecol, or Smart Balance)
  • Whole-grain pasta
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Brown rice
  • Fat-free crackers and chips
  • Chicken breast and other lean meats
  • Vegetables
  • Fat-free or light salad dressings
  • Whole-grain breads and cereals
  • Fruit juice
  • Tofu

Doctors, nutritionists, and health gurus have been proclaiming the amazing health benefits of low-fat and low-cholesterol diets for decades. The evidence is piling up against what conventional wisdom has been telling us.The new list is more closer to truth.

  • Bacon
  • Whole eggs
  • Butter
  • Salmon
  • Lard
  • Coconut
  • Avocado
  • Full-fat sour cream
  • Full-fat milk and cheese
  • Fatty cuts of beef or poultry
  • Pork
  • Coconut, avocado, and macadamia nut oils
  • Raw nuts
  • Nut butters like almond, macadamia, and hazelnut
  • Full-fat cream cheese
  • Dark chocolate
  • Cream
  • Fish oil
  • Green leafy, nonstarchy vegetables
  • Organ meats

“Culturally, it’s a way of thinking that cholesterol is somehow toxic and you want to have as little cholesterol in your body and in your mouth as possible. It’s also perpetuated by all these diet gurus
connecting elevated cholesterol levels in the blood to your consumption of saturated fat. Our entire society has accepted this mistaken notion that cholesterol and saturated fat are toxic. And of course, animal-based foods contain these two agents in high quantities, so that’s why the vegetarian diet is believed to be healthy.”   – Dr. David Diamond




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