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Learn about heart-healthy diets with articles, meal plans and recipes from EatingWell's food and nutrition experts.

Myths to Avoid When Eating a Low-Cholesterol Diet

If you're one of the 30 million American adults with high blood cholesterol, chances are you've talked with your doctor about how to lower it. Maybe you're working on making new and healthier food choices. That's great! Changing your diet can be a great way to reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack or heart disease. Just make sure you don't let old myths and misconceptions get in the way of your new heart-healthy plan. Here's a look at the facts—and the fiction—to help you start eating a low-cholesterol diet.

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

One in three American adults has high blood pressure. High blood pressure occurs when the vessels that carry blood are put under more pressure than they should be. This makes the heart work harder and adds persistent wear and tear to blood vessels—putting those with hypertension (the medical term for blood pressure that's 140/90 and above) at risk for serious health problems, such as heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and cognitive issues.

Confused by Coconut Oil: Is it Good or Bad for Your Health? Here's What the Science Says

Seems like everyone is talking about coconut oil—and how it's no longer amazing for you and doesn't deserve its healthy halo—because of a new American Heart Association (AHA) advisory report. But was it ever really super-healthy, and did the AHA ever say so? Not really. So what's all the fuss about?

How to Get More Magnesium (and Why You Should Care)

Submitted by admin on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:13

Give your heart some love by eating more magnesium-rich foods. Too little of this necessary nutrient could raise your risk of dying from heart disease, says new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Unfortunately, most Americans fail to hit the target magnesium intakes (310-420 mg per day for adults, depending on age and gender). The study didn't explain how magnesium may protect your heart, but other research suggests that this mineral may help lower blood pressure.

7-Day Heart-Healthy Meal Plan: 2,000 Calories

Submitted by admin on Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:07

It has long been understood that a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons to protect against heart disease. Research shows that eating healthfully, exercising more, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking can help reduce heart disease-related deaths by 50 percent. Adopting heart-healthy eating habits just got easier with the help of this delicious 7-day, 2,000-calorie meal plan.