Counting the fat, cholesterol grams you eat is not necessary for a heart-healthy diet, says a new report from Harvard Health Publishing

Published: November, 2011

A crucial take-home message of Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart, a newly revised report from Harvard Health Publishing, is to consider the types of foods that you eat and your overall dietary pattern, rather than focusing on individual nutrients such as fat, dietary cholesterol, or specific vitamins.

"There are no single nutrients or vitamins that can make you healthy. Rather, there is a short list of key foods that together can dramatically reduce your risk for heart disease," says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the editor of the report and an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Which foods help your heart, and which hurt it? Here's just a taste of some of the foods discussed in detail in the report.

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