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Think of what you eat in a typical week. How can you make your diet more heart-healthy? That means eating more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And it means eating less processed food such as chips, sugary cereals and canned foods.
Keep in mind it’s not just what you eat, it’s also how you prepare it: Grilling, microwaving and baking are all ways to keep the nutrition high without adding extra oil or fat.
Tempted to skip a meal? It will hurt, not help. Five to six small meals throughout the day help burn fat calories more efficiently, maintain your energy and regulate your cholesterol.
For more information on a heart-healthy diet, visit the American Heart Association's HeartHub for Patients Web site: hearthub.org.
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