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Heart Healthy Foods: Shopping List

Use this list to help you shop for foods low in sodium and high in fiber.

Review Date: April 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

This one-stop, easy-to-use resource brings together nutrition science and expertise to help Americans make smart choices from every food group, find balance between food and physical activity, and get the most out of the calories we consume.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Trans Fat Now Listed With Saturated Fat and Cholesterol on the Nutrition Facts Label

Consuming too much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol increases your risk for coronary heart disease. Learn what trans fat is and how you can limit the amount of this fat in your diet.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Dietary Fats: Know Which Types to Choose

There are several different kinds of dietary fats including saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and trans fats. Learn which ones you can enjoy in moderation.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Fat Intake Calculator

Proper nutrition is critical for overall health and exercise performance. Use this calculator to learn the right amount of fat recommended for your diet.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

University of Maryland Medical Center

Fats & Oils

This information from the American Heart Association helps you learn the facts about fat and eating sensibly. Find out how the "better" fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) can help reduce your risk of heart disease.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

American Heart Association

Low-Calorie, Lower Fat Alternative Foods

Some foods provide most of their calories from sugar and fat but give you few, if any, vitamins and minerals. These low-calorie alternatives provide new ideas for old favorites.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

Omega-3 in Fish: How Eating Fish Helps Your Heart

The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are good for your heart. Find out how the heart-health benefits of eating fish usually outweigh any risks.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Reading Food Labels is Easy as 1-2-3

Can you tell which foods are heart healthy? Do you wonder how you can fit your favorite foods into your diet? By reading labels and looking at total grams of fat and saturated fat, and avoiding all trans-fat, you can enjoy your favorites.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Women's Heart Foundation

Talking About Trans Fat: What You Need to Know

As a consumer, the most important thing to know about trans fat is that it behaves like saturated fat in the body by raising low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol — which can increase your risk of coronary heart disease.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Tips On How To Make Healthier Meals

Learn how to choose foods low in saturated fat, sodium and calories to make healthier meals.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center