10 Heart-Healthy Rules to Live By

4 Avoid meat

A heart-healthy diet should contain no more than 6 ounces of cooked lean meat a day. (A standard serving size is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards.)

“Pay close attention to the kind of meat you eat,” she suggests. “Give preference to chicken over a sirloin steak, for example, as red meats are higher in saturated fat and cholesterol.”

Further, avoid meats that have been smoked, as these can carry unhealthy additives such as blood-pressure-raising salt.