America's top heart hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, shares the best 13 vegetables for boosting heart health. Eat them often to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
By Martha Miller Johnson
Each of the following vegetables is loaded with nutrients that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure and help you lose weight. To get the most out of every vegetable you eat, follow these serving suggestions:
- Choose vegetables of different colors for maximum nutrition.
- Eat fresh or cooked tomato products every week.
- Add onions and garlic; an average of 1⁄4 cup of onions and 1 clove garlic daily lowers cholesterol, some studies say.
- Steaming vegetables preserves nutrients. Use a steaming basket inside a saucepan and cook to desired doneness.