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3 heart-healthy foods

These foods are loaded with nutrients that will help protect your cardiovascular system

 

We say tomato …

… and so does your heart. A Tufts University study found that people who ate a tomato-rich diet had a significantly lower risk of coronary heart disease. The health boost comes from lycopene, an antioxidant that gives tomatoes their colour. In the 11-year study, those who ate the most lycopene had a 25% lower risk. (Watermelon is another rich source of lycopene.)

 

Great Greeks

There aren’t many food trends that satisfy your sweet tooth and protect your heart, but Greek yoghurt with add-ins scores on both. Like all dairy, it’s linked to lower blood pressure, while the probiotics in yoghurt help reduce cholesterol.

 

Bravo Avo

Topping your hamburger with avocado may not turn the grill favourite into health food, but research suggests it may help prevent inflammation and stiffness in blood vessels. Just be sure to use enough – about half a medium avo.

 

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