A healthy diet is a proven and powerful way to lower the risk of heart disease. Heart doctors and researchers who follow this advice enjoy meals with lots of vegetables (especially leafy greens), legumes (beans and peas), and whole grains, such as brown rice and whole-wheat flour. Some also include chicken, fish, and fruit-based desserts on the menu. Spices and herbs, which may offer modest benefits for heart-related risk factors, are also a common addition.
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