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How do I choose meats wisely to help protect my heart?

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Red meat is usually high in saturated fat, which may be bad for your heart. Look for lean cuts like sirloin, flank, rump roast, and tenderloin, and always trim the fat. Or go with pork tenderloin, turkey, or chicken breast instead.

Add more fish to your diet. Deep-fried cod doesn't count. Grill or roast fish that's high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, trout, and sardines.

Deli meats like smoked turkey are often packed with salts, nitrates, and preservatives that can be bad for your heart. Whole chicken breasts and in-house roasted turkey are better.

From: How to Eat to Protect Your Heart WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Most Americans Don't Understand the Health Effects of Wine and Sea Salt, Survey Finds."

CDC: "Lifetime risk for diabetes mellitus in the United States."

Consumer Reports : "Heart Health."

N.A. Mark Estes III, MD, director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

Heart Healthy Women: "Diet," "Heart Healthy Diet -- Fiber and Grains."

Making Health Easier: "The New (Ab)Normal."

Gordon Tomaselli, MD, cardiology division chief, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Most Americans Don't Understand the Health Effects of Wine and Sea Salt, Survey Finds."

CDC: "Lifetime risk for diabetes mellitus in the United States."

Consumer Reports : "Heart Health."

N.A. Mark Estes III, MD, director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

Heart Healthy Women: "Diet," "Heart Healthy Diet -- Fiber and Grains."

Making Health Easier: "The New (Ab)Normal."

Gordon Tomaselli, MD, cardiology division chief, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

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