Harvard Heart Letter

What do heart experts eat for dinner?

They follow their own advice to enjoy lots of vegetables, legumes, lean protein, and a fruit-based dessert.

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Following a healthy diet is a proven and powerful way to lower your risk of heart disease. But do you ever wonder if doc-tors actually practice what they preach, especially with regard to their eating habits? While we obviously can't speak for all of them, four Harvard physicians with diverse ethnic backgrounds agreed to share examples of their favorite heart-healthy dinner menus.

Dr. Enrique Caballero, professor of medicine

A native of Mexico, Dr. Caballero directs the Latino Diabetes Initiative at the Joslin Diabetes Center; his research interests include cardiovascular disease prevention.

"A typical Mexican dinner at home would include a fresh salad with avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, and a little bit of salt and lime. For special occasions, one of my favorite Mexican dishes is a chicken breast covered with mole, a semi-spicy sauce made with various types of chili pepper and other spices (such as cumin, cinnamon, and cloves), dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate. A side dish of black beans is also traditional. We might also enjoy an agua de Jamaica, a popular Mexican drink also known as hibiscus tea."

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