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 29 diets below, the Ornish Diet is the most heart-healthy.
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.
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.
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.
The Dukan diet came in dead last in the heart-health category, with experts ranking it short of minimally effective. Don’t expect it to have a positive effect. “Long-term research” is needed to suss out any potential benefits, according to one expert.