Heart-healthy diet mantras for Valentine's Day
According to researchers, eating a variety of healthy foods in moderation is vital for a heart-healthy diet.
"Years of research has shown that a balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat and lean protein will not only help with weight maintenance, but with overall heart health," said Katie Boles, RD, LDN, clinical dietician with the Brenner FIT Program, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
"Eating a variety of these foods and eating them in moderation is key to a heart-healthy diet," she said.
The researchers have suggested having a glass of red wine during the meal.
This alcoholic beverage contains antioxidants that can improve "good" HDL cholesterol, but moderation is the key.