Often a routine visit with your health care professional can end with a smile and a strong recommendation to eat more heart healthy foods. To some of us this may seem like an impossible assignment, but it really isn’t. To find heart healthy foods visit your favorite grocery store. Even though you probably won’t find an aisle labeled “Heart Healthy Food” at your favorite grocery store, you can find a good variety of heart healthy foods there. Most of these foods are fiber rich foods. High fiber foods are good for your heart health, digestion, and weight loss. Whether you want to or need to lower your cholesterol, fiber lowers your levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol.
A simple strategy can help you to find these foods easily and quickly. We suggest you use your heart healthy food shopping list as your map. Although a map is rarely a picture of the entire territory, it is always best to start with a map and use it. This list will remind you of what you went there to do. It will also keep you on task and reduce the urge to buy unhealthy foods. To make your grocery store