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Eat blueberries and strawberries three times per week

Blueberries and strawberries are rich in chemical compounds called anthocyanins, which lower blood pressure and make blood vessels more elastic. A long-term study of young and middle-aged women found that those who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a lower risk of heart attack than those who ate the least. Just eating berries once in a while didn’t count—it took at least a half-cup serving three times weekly. But don’t cheat by taking anthocyanin supplements. Real fruit is your best bet. More »

High-fiber diet might reduce stroke risk

Increasing total dietary fiber by 7 grams a day-the amount contained in a bowl of whole-grain pasta, an apple, and a serving of tomatoes-can lower stroke risk by 7%, researchers have found. (Locked) More »

Why the Mediterranean diet is so good for your heart

The Mediterranean diet, which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts, and olive oil, is good for the heart. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found the Mediterranean diet reduced the risk for heart disease, strokes, and deaths from heart disease 30% compared with a regular low-fat diet. (Locked) More »

12 for 2012: Twelve tips for healthier eating

There's no single healthy diet. Many eating patterns sustain good health. What they have in common is lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, along with healthy sources of protein and fats. Consistently eating foods like these will help lower your risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Here are tips to help you make this largely plant-based approach to eating one of your good-health goals. More »

Magnesium content in milligrams (mg) of certain foods

Surveys suggest that many Americans don't get enough magnesium in their diets. It's important to make sure that you're including whole grains, dark-green leafy vegetables, and legumes in your diet. Here's a list of foods and their magnesium content. (Locked) More »

What foods are included in the portfolio diet?

A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that a vegetarian diet emphasizing a “portfolio” of cholesterol-lowering foods did a better job of reducing low-density lipoprotein — the so-called “bad” cholesterol — than a low-saturated-fat vegetarian diet. All participants in the study followed a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (Locked) More »