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Five foods to improve your heart health—and two to absolutely avoid

If it feels hard to keep up with nutritional advice, don't worry—cardiologists are here to help.
salmon healthy food

Salmon and veggies have always been a good bet for heart healthy food


Nutritional advice can feel overwhelming. It seems, at least from some headlines, like the advice is constantly changing. Even though the science hasn’t actually changed all that much over the years, we are always revising details and even doctors know it can be hard to keep up, which is why the American College of Cardiology decided to do a review of what exactly you should be eating for your heart health–and what you shouldn’t. It was published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Here’s what they found:

heart healthy foods

Data from Freeman et al. 2018

Infographic by Sara Chodosh



You’ve probably heard a lot of mixed things about coffee—it’s bad, it’s good, it doesn’t do anything—but the bulk of the evidence says . Cardiologists think some of the health benefits may come from the antioxidants in coffee, like polyphenols, but it’s been difficult to link the effects to any specific compound. The polyphenolic antioxidants seem to

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