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In this article, you will find information for consumers who are interested in knowing about how to eat and live well for a healthy heart.
What is heart disease and stroke?
Who is at risk of heart disease and stroke?
How can I reduce my risk of heart disease and stroke?
Maintaining a healthy bodyweight
Eating to keep your heart healthy
Top tips for ethnic diets
Other aspects of a healthy lifestyle:
Give up smoking
Take part in physical activity
Drink alcohol moderately
Top tips for good heart health
Cut down on saturated fat and replace with unsaturated fats – for example swap butter and coconut oil for rapeseed, olive and sunflower oils and spreads made from these.
Have fish twice a week – once should be an oily type (such as mackerel, salmon or sardines).
Watch your salt intake – Aim for less than 6g a day. Check the nutrition label on foods, and don’t add salt in cooking or at the table.
Include high-fibre and wholegrain foods in your diet like wholegrain breakfast cereals, wholewheat pasta and pulses ( e.g. lentils and beans). Fruit and vegetables are good fibre providers too.
Give up smoking – this is one of the best things you can do to protect your heart.
Keep active – aim for at least 150 minutes a week (around 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) of moderate physical activity.
Don’t drink to excess – adults should drink no more than 14 units a week, with several alcohol-free days each week. Aim for a