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Heart-Healthy Foods: What to Buy and What to Avoid

hearthealthyfoodsHectic days and busy nights beg for convenience, which is why many of us rely on the grab-and-go ease of processed foods. But these meals are often high in fat, salt, and sugar -- and low in heart-healthy nutrients like calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber.

Yet, eating right can be convenient, too, if you shop smart and keep good-for-you foods handy. A diet rich in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and good fats can help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, boost immunity, and protect against heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and some cancers.

To help you make heart-healthy choices, here are lists of what to add to your shopping cart -- and what to avoid.

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6 Foods That Actually Relieve Gas



Say goodbye to post-meal bloating, pain and embarrassment

Whether it’s physical discomfort — like sharp, jabbing pains and a swelling or tightness in the stomach — or the embarrassment of belching or flatulating uncontrollably, we’ve all experienced that distressing moment (or series of moments) when your body is overrun with gas.

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Avocados Help Lower Cholesterol in Some People

avocadosAn avocado a day might help keep bad cholesterol at bay.

Eating one per day as part of a certain heart-healthy, cholesterol-lowering diet can help improve "bad" LDL cholesterol levels in people who are overweight or obese, according to a small study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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