Eat Right for a Healthy Heart


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The leading risk factor for death and disability in the U.S. is less-than-optimal diet quality, which, in 2010, was linked to 678,000 annual deaths of all causes. Major contributors were insufficient intakes of fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, vegetables and seafood, as well as excess intakes of sodium.
Eating healthier foods won't break the bank. In a comparison of 20 fruits and vegetables versus 20 snack foods such as cookies, chips and crackers, the average price per portion of fruits and vegetables was 31 cents (with an average of 57 calories per portion), versus 33 cents (and 183 calories per portion) for snack foods.

Source: American Heart Association 2015 Statistical Update

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