Risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke can be lowered by maintaining healthy weight and adopting a heart-healthy diet plan. The diet chart for heart patients should include food that is good for the heart, as well as rich in nutrition, but must be appetizing food.

A healthy diet can be helpful in reducing your risk of developing coronary heart disease.

  • The key to a healthy heart diet is to have food good in antioxidants and high fiber as well which is also low in fat.
  • Fill your platter with more whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk products, nuts, healthy oils, and foods rich with protein such as fish, legumes and skinless poultry.
  • For cooking, use little amounts of heart friendly oils like olive, corn, safflower, soybean, peanut, sesame and canola oils. 
  • Make use of fewer processed foods and low sodium diet. Limit high-fat foods (like red meat, cheese and baked goods) and high-sodium foods (such as canned or processed foods).
  • Drink about 1 to 2 liters of water daily, until and unless your doctor asks to limit fluids.

The patient is advised to follow the Diet provided below strictly with care and dedication. This will help to maintain your heart healthy and provides relief from the complication and its related symptoms.

Vegetables

To Consume

To Avoid

  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Lemon
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Beans
  • Pumpkin
  • Zucchini
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Canned Vegetables (due to high sodium)
  • Vegetables with creamy sauces
  • Fried or baked vegetables

Use Vegetables in the form of Salads, Soup, and slightly Cooked or steamed.

Fruits

To Consume

To Avoid

  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Apricot
  • Avocadoes
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Cantaloupe
  • Red Grapes
  • Black Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Peaches
  • Kiwi
  • Squash
  • Pomegranate
  • Canned fruit in heavy syrup
  • Frozen fruit with added sugar

Use Fruits, Fruit Salad and Fresh juice.

Non-Veg

To Consume

To Avoid

  • Lean Meat
  • Cold water fish like mackerel, salmon, sardines, tune, trout and herring
  • Skinless chicken
  • Red meat
  • Canned and Smoked fish
  • Organ meats like liver
  • Breaded Meats

Legumes

To Consume

To Avoid

  • Lentils,
  • Soybeans
  • Chickpeas

Spices

To Consume

To Avoid

  • Turmeric
  • Fenugreek
  • Cardamom
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Cinnamon
  • Black Pepper
  • Table Salt

Other Foods

To Consume

To Avoid

  • Oatmeal (steel-cut or regular)
  • Whole-wheat flour
  • Whole-grain bread
  • High-fiber cereal
  • Whole-grain pasta
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Barley
  • Flax seeds
  • Olive Oil
  • Nut Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Margarine
  • Soybeans and soy products
  • Walnuts
  • Cheese
  • Low fat milk
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Legumes
  • Flaxseed
  • Chia Seeds
  • Dark Chocolate
  • White, refined flour
  • Muffins
  • Buttered popcorn
  • Doughnuts
  • Biscuits
  • Cakes
  • Egg noodles
  • Corn bread
  • White bread
  • Frozen waffles
  • Quick breads
  • Chips
  • Pies
  • High-fat snack crackers
  • Butter
  • Cookies
  • Bacon fat
  • Cocoa butter
  • Non Dairy Creamers
  • Palm
  • Lard
  • Full fat milk
  • Sausages

Along with other healthy habits, it can slow or even partially reverse the narrowing of the heart's arteries and help prevent further complications.

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