A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease. Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups. Nutrient-rich foods have minerals, protein, whole grains and other nutrients but are lower in calories. They help you control your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. A healthy dietary pattern consists of a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and non-fried fish, nuts and legume, and non-tropical vegetable oils. One should limit saturated fat, transfat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. Most healthy eating patterns can be adapted based on calorie requirements and personal and cultural food preferences.

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