Myth or reality: eating certain superfoods can strengthen the heart and protect against heart attack and stroke? It's mostly just myth and wishful thinking, reports the March 2014 Harvard Heart Letter.
There's no question that some foods are rich in nutrients that may help keep arteries clear and the heartbeat stable. It's great to eat them. But what's really important is eating a variety of fresh, unprocessed foods that deliver all of the nutrients needed to keep the heart healthy, not just those in a few so-called superfoods.
"It's really about the whole package—the combination of nutrients and micronutrients that occur together in different foods that improve the overall quality of your diet," says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.
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