November 2016 Issue

Healthy Heart Prescription: The Portfolio Eating Plan

Research shows that creating a “portfolio” of healthful food choices can help protect your heart.

There is no shortage of recommendations for foods you should eat to keep your heart healthy: Olive oil, almonds, oat bran, green tea, tofu, and kombucha are top of the list. But one particular dietary approach has held up to scrutiny over years of research: the Portfolio Eating Plan. Developed by researchers at the University of Toronto, the diet is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, similar to the diet recommended by the National Institutes of Health, but higher in viscous fiber, soy protein, plant sterols (compounds found in plant foods), and nuts.

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