The Best Heart-Healthy Fruits and Vegetables


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A delicious way to protect your ticker: Eat colorful fruits and vegetables. From watermelons to pineapples, there’s a rainbow of potent nutrients proven to help your heart. Read on to find out which produce is worth stocking up on. 

One cup of pineapple has more than 100% of your day's vitamin C needs—C aids the heart by fighting free radicals, molecules that damage cells. The lutein and zeaxanthin in corn keep arteries from thickening, the main cause of heart disease.
Research found that eating spinach—which is high in nitrates—lowered blood pressure and improved heart function in women. And kale is a good source of dozens of heart-healthy antioxidants.
According to a recent study, consuming 3 or more servings per week of berries helped reduce the risk of heart attack in women in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
Watermelon and tomatoes are nature's top sources of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. One study found that people who had the most lycopene in their bloodstream were 55% less likely to have a stroke than those who had the least.
For a yummy take on both heart-healthy foods, whip up a watermelon tomato salad. In a bowl, whisk together 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1 Tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp honey, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Add 4 tomatoes (sliced), ½ small red onion (thinly sliced) and ½ cup basil (torn) and toss to combine. Arrange 12 oz watermelon (cut into thin 2½-in. pieces) on plates. Top each with 1 cup baby arugula, then the tomato mixture. Top with ½ cup crumbled feta.

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  • 7
    I like most veggies. - 9/22/2017   1:39:40 PM
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    I love almost all veggies! - 8/27/2017   11:53:18 AM
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    : ) - 10/22/2013   8:32:20 AM
    I like spinach but I love broccoli better. So what is broccoli? - 10/22/2013   8:25:56 AM
    It's nitrites (used to process bacon and other cured meats) that are not too healthy... My current favorites are carrots, sweet potatoes, berries, pineapple, oranges, tomatoes, lots of them! - 10/21/2013   3:57:07 PM
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    Spinach is high in nitrates? I thought nitrates were bad for us. I'm confused. - 10/21/2013   1:30:07 PM

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