A healthy diet can make a big difference in lowering your risk for heart disease. Diet advice is everywhere, but do you know how to pick foods that are heart healthy? The best food choices help control your risk factors, like your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose level. Not sure where to begin? Find out now.\nThe Basics for Heart-Healthy Eating\nA heart healthy eating plan includes fresh, whole foods that are:\n\nLower in fat\nLower in cholesterol\nLower in sodium\nHigher in fiber\n\nHeart-Healthy Fruits & Vegetables\n\nFresh or without added salt, sugar, and fat\nGood source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants\nLower in fat and calories\nCholesterol free\n\nEat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables each day.\nWhole Grains\n\nContain fiber, B vitamins, and minerals\nEating whole grains as part of a healthy diet may lower your risk of heart disease.\n\nAlways read food labels, and make sure the first ingredient is a whole grain.\nBeans\n\nGood source of protein, minerals, and soluble fiber\nSoluble fiber can help lower cholesterol\n\nBeans come in many shapes and sizes, so add them to your soups, salads, and other dishes for a heart healthy kick.\nLean Beef or Pork, Poultry, & Fish\n\nGood source of protein, vitamins, and minerals\nFish and poultry without skin are heart-healthy protein choices\nBake, broil, or grill\u00a0\u2014 don’t fry\n\nGo for fish with omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, trout, and herring.\nDairy\n\nLow fat or fat-free dairy products without added sugar are heart-healthy choices\nGood source of potassium, which may help with blood pressure control\nRich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein\n\nChoose low-fat, fat-free, and 1 percent milk, yogurt, and cheese.\nFats & Oils\nNot all fats and oils are the same, and it’s important to know the good from the bad.\n“Good” fats\n\nLiquid vegetable oils like canola, olive, peanut, safflower, and sesame\nAvocados\nNuts and seeds\nCan help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and help to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke\n\nNuts and seeds are easy on-the-go snacks and a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Remember, nuts are also high in calories, so keep an eye on your serving size.\n“Bad” fats\n\nSaturated fats, which should be limited in your diet, come from animal products and tropical oils, like:\n\nFatty cuts of meat, poultry skin, butter\nWhole or 2 percent milk, cream, and cheese\nCoconut, palm kernel, and palm oils\n\n\nHydrogenated fats contain trans fats, which should be avoided\n\nAlways check labels for the type and amount of fat in foods.