3 More Fit Foods

3 More Fit Foods

Make sure these items are mainstays on your grocery-shopping list:

  • Almonds – Individuals who snack on 1.5 ounces of almonds daily experienced improved levels of multiple cardiovascular risk factors – including lower LDL (bad) and total cholesterol and decreased central adiposity (belly fat) – compared to those who ate a banana muffin with equal calories instead.
  • Avocados – Eating one avocado a day as part of a moderate-fat diet is better at lowering LDL and total cholesterol, as well as blood triglyceride levels, than low-and moderate-fat diets without avocados. This is because of the monounsaturated fatty acids, and possibly the fiber and phytosterois, present in avocados.
  • Whole Grains – I’m talking about foods such as oatmeal, brown rice and 100 percent whole-wheat products. A higher intake of whole grain can reduce cardiovascular and overall mortality risk. For every 28-gram serving of whole grains, mortality risk drops by 5 percent.

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