10 Food Swaps to Make Your Heart Healthy
Instead of White Bread2. Use 100 percent whole-grain bread.
A diet high in whole-grain foods is associated with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, according to an analysis by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. (Read more about whole grains at www.dietdetective.com/content/view/1141/2/.)
Consuming 2.5 servings of whole grains daily is associated with a 21 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared with consuming 0.2 servings. These results were published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. Make sure to look for "100 percent whole grain" on labels or for specific types of whole-grain flour, such as "whole wheat," as the first ingredient.
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