Healthy Eating

A healthy diet helps pave the way to a healthy heart and blood vessels, strong bones and muscles, a sharp mind, and so much more.

Confused about what constitutes a healthy diet? You aren't alone. Over the years, what seemed to be flip flops from medical research combined with the flood of diet books and diet plans based on little or no science have muddied the water. But a consensus has emerged about the basics, which are really pretty simple.

An important take-home message is to focus on the types of foods you eat and your overall dietary pattern, instead of on individual nutrients such as fat, dietary cholesterol, or specific vitamins. There are no single nutrients or vitamins that can make you healthy. Instead, there is a short list of key food types that together can dramatically reduce your risk for heart disease.

Eat more of these foods: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and seafood, vegetable oils, beans, nuts, and seeds.

Eat less of these foods: whole milk and other full-fat dairy foods, red meat, processed meats, highly refined and processed grains and sugars, and sugary drinks.

Healthy Eating Articles

Meal delivery plans: Should you give one a try?

For people who don’t have the time, energy or interest to plan, shop, and prepare meals, subscription meal-delivery plans may encourage healthier eating and sometimes weight loss. Some plans feature low-sodium or vegetarian meals, which may benefit people with heart disease. Meal-kit plans deliver pre-portioned, mostly fresh ingredients with detailed preparation instructions, which may help people become more comfortable trying new foods and cooking techniques. Plans geared toward weight loss provide microwavable meals and pre-packaged snacks so people don’t have think about portion size or count calories. (Locked) More »

Should you be taking an omega-3 supplement?

Certain people, including those who don’t eat fish and those who are at high risk for cardiovascular events may benefit from omega-3 supplements. But for the average person it’s better to focus on eating a diet that includes fatty fish. Aim for at least two servings a week. More »

What's in your frozen treat?

All frozen desserts like ice cream, gelato, or frozen yogurt are treats with varying amounts of calories, fat, and sugar. Dairy-free options aren’t necessarily healthier. To make the healthiest choice, one must read Nutrition Facts labels and ingredients lists, and look for a treat with the lowest amounts of sugar, fat, calories, and sodium. It’s also important to remember that the amount of nutrients one consumes in a frozen treat should fit into the food intake for the day, not just one meal. (Locked) More »