4 Ways to a Healthy Heart

These diet changes will keep your heart healthy and happy:

1. More whole grains

Less than 5% of Americans get enough whole grains. Using them as a replacement for red meat and processed grains can improve your blood pressure. Try quinoa and amaranth, which are also good sources of protein.

2. Reduce red meat

People who eat more red meat have a higher risk of heart disease and inflammation.For a healthier heart, switch red meats for fish, nuts, and beans.

3. Plant-based fats

Swapping out just 5% of your calories from saturated fat. For plant-based fats like nuts and seeds, can reduce risk of heart disease.

4. Eat more fruit

Certain fruits, like apples, strawberries and pears, have protective plant compounds called flavonoids, which may be particularly effective for protecting your heart.

Related: 5 Red Foods for a Healthy Heart