10 Heart-Healthy Rules to Live By

10 Eat fruits, veggies, and low-fat dairy products

One of the easiest ways to stay heart healthy is to simply eat more of the foods you’ve always known are good for you. This includes choosing nonfat or low-fat dairy products over whole-milk products and eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables.

“All fruits and veggies are rich sources of vitamins and fibers. You want to have an assortment,” Artinian says. “The more, the better.”

The AHA recommends that adults consume at least 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, with an emphasis on raw or roasted over canned or frozen. (The latter tend to have more added salt.)