10 Heart-Healthy Foods


Mayonnaise is mostly made up of egg yolks and soybean oil. Two tablespoons serve up to 4 grams of saturated fat without much nutritional value.


Full-fat dairy is a prime source of saturated fat. A 28-gram (1-ounce) serving of cheddar or goat cheese has 6 grams of saturated fat. That’s half your daily max!

Sour cream

Like other dairy products, sour cream is incorporated into a wide variety of recipes. It’s also high in saturated fat: A 30-gram (2-tablespoon) serving has about 3.5 grams.

Fatty cuts of red meat are a prime source of saturated fat. Many studies, including one from, have linked red meat consumption to heart disease.

Ground beef


Fattier cuts of steak, like T-bone and ribeye, pack in saturated fat. A number of cuts are great leaner substitutions.


However, eggs are also an excellent source of protein and heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.


Most doctors recommend consuming fewer than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day to keep blood pressure healthy. That’s less than 1 teaspoon.

Refined grains

Whole grains contain the bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains are missing the bran and germ, which drastically cuts back on fiber.


Guidelines from the AHA urge people to consume no more than 100 to 150 calories from added sugars per day, for females and males respectively.


Dark chocolate is high in flavonoids. These antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables and may lower heart disease risk.

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