5 Superfoods You Should Be Eating Everyday

Quinoa
Quinoa | Medical News Today

Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal and some orange wedges. Enjoy a hearty bowl of bean soup for lunch. Grab a handful of peanuts for a midafternoon snack. For dinner, tuck into some grilled salmon and spinach salad drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.

This menu features common foods full of nutrients associated with better heart health.

Super Foods But if you want to splurge on some slightly more exotic selections, try quinoa, kale, avocados, berries, and dark chocolate. Here’s why all of these foods rank high on the heart-health scale.

5.Nuts

Peanuts
Peanuts | Harvard Health

Peanuts (which are legumes) and tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, and pistachios) are excellent sources of fibre, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, all known to protect heart health. Eating nuts lowers harmful LDL cholesterol, raises protective HDL cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure.

4.Salmon

Salmon
Salmon | BBC Good Foods

Eating fish at least twice per week can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. But fatty fish such as salmon may be the healthiest because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

3.Berries

berries
Berries | Healthline

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and other berries are all bursting with plant-derived chemicals known as polyphenols. These may help protect the heart by neutralizing oxidized LDL, which forms plaque inside the arteries.

2. Quinoa

Quinoa
Quinoa | Medical News Today

Native to South America, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is unique among plant-based foods because of its high protein content, says Dr. Hu. It’s also a good source of fibre, vitamins, and minerals.

1.Dark chocolate

Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa is rich in flavanols, which may help lower blood pressure. But beware: just 2 ounces of dark chocolate deliver about 300 calories, so enjoy this sweet treat in moderation.