Goal: 2 servings/day
Fruit is another key to heart health. Fruit juice will not substitute as juice is loaded with sugar but contains little of the protective fiber. Two servings of fruit per day are optimal: for example, a small bowl of berries for breakfast and an apple during the day (shown above).
Apples and pears are high in fiber that lowers cholesterol. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are especially high in potassium, an element that lowers blood pressure. Deeply pigmented fruits like blueberries, strawberries and cherries are rich in antioxidants, potent defenders against cell damage. Fascinatingly, antioxidant pills have not been shown to be as protective as antioxidants found naturally in whole fruit.