There are many ways we can eat to support our heart health and all of them are simple variations on a common dietary theme. Here’s what we recommend.
What is a healthy diet?
There are many ways you can eat to support your heart health and all of them are simple variations on a common dietary theme. The key is to base your diet around foods that are as close to how they are found in nature as possible. This means eating plenty of vegetables and fruit, some whole grains in place of refined grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and other sources of healthy fats such as oily fish. You may also choose to include non-processed lean meats, poultry and/or dairy.
By following a heart-healthy way of eating and in the right amounts, then you will be ensuring that you get all the nutrients you need to support your health.
The Healthy Heart visual food guide is based on a cardio-protective eating pattern, so it focuses on looking after your heart and overall health. It’s a simple tool for you to use that shows:
- the balance and proportions of heart-healthy foods to eat
- similar foods that can be substituted for each other, and
- the variety and types of food to eat for optimal heart health.