5 surprising heart-healthy foods you should be eating

Adding a simple ½ cup of lentils (any color) to your day provides approximately 8 grams of fiber. Photo: Pexels

(Lisa Valente/ Eating Well) –– Eating for your heart is more than salmon and an apple a day. Try eating some of these lesser-known foods that are great for your heart.

Sadly, heart disease is the #1 killer of women and men in America. According to the CDC, someone dies of heart disease every 36 seconds in the United States. Fortunately, there is so much that can be done to help keep us as healthy as possible—things like what and how much we eat, proper exercise, how much sleep we get—even our relationships and stress levels all impact our heart health.

Since the foods we choose most of the time play a big role in supporting a healthy heart (and body), let’s examine some of those that maybe don’t quite get as much love as the more usual suspects.

“We forget that food is as powerful as prescription drugs” says John Whyte, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at WebMD. He adds, “It’s the decisions that you make about what you eat and the daily practices that truly impacts your heart.” (…)