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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - SPECIAL -

PRE­VENT­ING heart at­tacks isn’t just about avoid­ing un­healthy food — you should also eat foods rich in nu­tri­ents, fi­bre, and healthy fats. Here are the top seven foods to help you re­duce your risk of de­vel­op­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

PAS­SION FRUIT —

Sol­u­ble fi­bre is a type of fi­bre found in all plant foods in vary­ing de­grees. For a while now we have known that sol­u­ble fi­bre has a choles­terol low­er­ing ef­fect. Hav­ing high choles­terol is one of the risk fac­tors for heart dis­ease. Ad­di­tion­ally, sol­u­ble fi­bre helps slow down the ab­sorp­tion of carbohydrates and sugars from our food into our blood. Avoid­ing high blood sugar lev­els is an­other way to re­duce heart dis­ease risk. Sol­u­ble fi­bre is found in lots of foods in­clud­ing, bar­ley, beans, peas and lentils. We need to eat at least ten grams of sol­u­ble fi­bre every day. Pas­sion fruit is par­tic­u­larly high up on the sol­u­ble fi­bre list. Half a cup of pas­sion fruit con­tains a whop­ping six and a half grams.

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