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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.