You are asking the right question by seeking alternatives to meat and chicken for heart healthy foods, neither of which I would recommend. Here are some healthier choices:
Nuts-a handful of nuts are an excellent source of healthy fats and protein. "In the Iowa Nurses Study, and 3 other studies, one ounce of nuts a day decreased the incedence of heart disease between 20 and 60%" (source: 'You, the Owners Manual' by Michael F Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.). Walnuts are best because they are high in Omega- 3 fatty acids.
Olive Oil-Cook with it and use it as a salad dressing because it contains monounsatruated fat, which can help raise good cholesterol (HDL) and clean your arteries.
Avocados-Healthy fats should make up about 25% of daily calories and avocados are an excellent source of healthy fat.
Colorful Vegetables- Dark green, bright yellow, orange, purple and red vegetables are rich in flavonoids and have also been shown to raise HDL.
Fish-Specifically, wild salmon, cod or bass are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Some studies show that consuming fish at least once a week cuts the risk of heart attack in half. Some experts recommend 3 servings of fish per week.
Green tea-High in flavonoids, which are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances that occur naturally in certain plants, such as camellia sinensis (gren tea). Orang juice, tomatoes, onions, grapes, and cranberries are also rich in flavonoids.
Whole food concentrates- These are specific formulas made from very beneficial whole food sources. They're esy to use, easy to digest and assist the body's natural healing processes in many ways.
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