5. Best Lean Beef: Grass-Fed Instead of Grain-Fed Beef
Why it’s heart healthy? Albert R. Matheny, owner of “Source Organic Whey” company says that grass-fed beef has been found to be richer in omega-3s than the grain-fed beef variety. It’s predominantly loaded with omega-3 fatty acids: EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) which are anti-inflammatory in action. Blood clotting is reduced greatly because of reduction of triglycerides. Vitamin E and linoleic acid are also present to prevent heart diseases.
How to choose? When it comes to choosing beef, check the label to be marked as “100% grass-fed” and “grass finished”. Secondly, Get a confirmation from AGA (American Grass-fed Association) or Food Alliance about beef feeding content. In a 100g of serving, make sure to have 5g or lesser fat, 2g of saturated fats, lesser than 95 mg cholesterol and lesser than 480 mg of sodium content.
Where is it available? Check in any of your nearest grocery store and for your assurance, it will be carrying a label of certification from AGA. Have a limited 3 to 4 ounces of cooked meat in a week to have better results regarding your heart problems.
6. Best Vegetable: Brussels Sprouts
Why it’s heart healthy? Green vegetables may not sound good to you but they are great for your heart. Brussels sprouts specifically is rich in soluble fiber content which primarily keeps cholesterol restricted to digestive tract so that it may be excreted later on. Just a cup of sprouts has 4g of healthy soluble fibers. Cruciferous vegetables including cauliflower, cabbage, collard green, kale and Brussels sprouts are found to be effective against heart diseases.
How to choose? Organic food is definitely the best option. Brussels having a firm and round heads without spots and sponginess are healthier for you.
Where is it available? Fresh Brussels are available in winters specifically Birds Eye Brussels Sprouts. Try out this delicious recipe where you just have to sprinkle your sprouts with olive oil, dice them in halves and roast, microwave or sauté them.