2. Eat more whole grains

If you're focused on eating a heart-healthy diet, nix the white flour and reach for a whole-grain option instead. Whole grains contain protein, fiber, and other nutrients than white flour dors not. The fiber in whole grain bread, crackers, or pasta will help to lower your cholesterol levels—reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. The fiber will also help you feel full for longer so that you don't snack on foods you're better off without. The nutrients in whole grains including B-vitamins, iron, magnesium, and selenium, are all essential in the regeneration of cells, carrying oxygen throughout the body, regulating the thyroid, and boosting immune function.

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