Best Heart-Healthy Diets

Being overweight is just one factor that puts people at risk for heart disease and stroke. A heart-healthy diet can help you lose weight or lower cholesterol, blood pressure or triglycerides. According to experts who rated the 32 diets below, the Ornish Diet is the most heart-healthy.


Raw Food Diet

(2.8 out of 5.0)

Raw Food Diet recipes | Raw Food Diet reviews

Assessing it solely as a heart diet, the experts gave this approach largely lackluster scores, indicating the absence of research showing cardiovascular benefits. However, it’s heavy on fruits and veggies and light on saturated fat and salt, which can help keep heart disease at bay.

How the Raw Food Diet works



(2.8 out of 5.0)

Slim-Fast recipes | Slim-Fast reviews

Slim-Fast wasn’t designed as a heart-healthy diet, and while it shouldn’t increase your risk of cardiovascular problems, it’s unlikely to prevent them, either. The diet received lower marks for heart health than for any other measure the experts evaluated.

How the Slim-Fast Diet works


Zone Diet

(2.8 out of 5.0)

Zone Diet recipes | Zone Diet reviews

The Zone Diet received mediocre reviews from experts as a diet for heart health. Still, some research suggests it might help lower LDL cholesterol, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

How the Zone Diet works


Abs Diet

(2.7 out of 5.0)

Abs Diet recipes | Abs Diet reviews

The Abs diet landed in the bottom third on this list, with 2.7 out of 5 stars. Research is lacking, so experts questioned its ability to prevent or manage heart disease. Still, the plan’s emphasis on fruits, veggies, and whole grains is a positive factor.

How the Abs Diet works



(2.7 out of 5.0)

Medifast recipes | Medifast reviews

Although some research suggests Medifast may benefit heart health, experts who rated the diet weren’t overly enthusiastic. Their ratings placed Medifast toward the bottom of this ranking.

How the Medifast Diet works


The Fast Diet

(2.6 out of 5.0)

The Fast Diet recipes | The Fast Diet reviews

Assessing it solely as a heart diet, the experts gave this approach lackluster scores. With just 2.6 stars, it’s not at all clear that the Fast Diet would help to prevent or control heart diesease. However, if you choose your calories wisely on fast days, you should be eating heart-healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber and low in fat.

How the Fast Diet works


Acid Alkaline Diet

(2.5 out of 5.0)

Acid Alkaline Diet recipes | Acid Alkaline Diet reviews

The experts were skeptical that the Acid Alkaline Diet would lead to any positive effect on heart heath. More research is necessary, they agreed. As one panelist said, “There is no evidence that following this rather complicated diet will improve health or lead to any other health benefits.”

How the Acid Alkaline Diet works



(2.4 out of 5.0)

Nutrisystem recipes | Nutrisystem reviews

The experts gave Nutrisystem some of its lowest scores in judging it as a diet to prevent cardiovascular disease or other heart problems.

How the Nutrisystem Diet works


Glycemic-Index Diet

(2.3 out of 5.0)

Glycemic-Index Diet recipes | Glycemic-Index Diet reviews

In the absence of convincing research on the glycemic-index diet’s purported cardiovascular benefits, experts gave it low scores as a heart-health tool.

How the Glycemic-Index Diet works



(2.1 out of 5.0)

Atkins recipes | Atkins reviews

The experts were concerned about the diet’s fat-heavy menu and judged it accordingly. Although Atkins scored decently in weight loss, and losing weight can reduce the risk of many heart problems, experts want to see stronger long-term research before accepting the diet’s potential heart benefits.

How the Atkins Diet works

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