18 of the Best Foods For the Heart

16. Avocado

If you want to increase the number of healthy fats in your diet, avocado is a major source because it is packed with monounsaturated fat. These fats can help to lower LDL levels and increase HDL levels. They also allow for the absorption of carotenoids such as lycopene and beta-cartone, which are essential for a healthy heart.

Avocados are full of powerful antioxidants and many vitamins like vitamins C, E, K and B as well as minerals such as magnesium and potassium. They also contain phytosterols, which help reduce cholesterol and are anti-inflammatory.

A 50g serving (a quarter of an avocado) contains about 6g of total fat – and this is healthy fat. There are so many versatile ways to enjoy avocado, from topping it with chili sauce and eating it with a spoon or eating it on toast in the morning. Use fresh avocados and whip up a delicious guacamole or add it to a salad.

Once study even found that eating half a medium Hass avocado with a burger rather than eating the burger alone, can curb inflammation – a risk factor associated with heart disease. Adding the avocado neutralized Interleukin 6, a protein that is a measure of inflammation.