Regular french fries and sweet potato fries can both be nutritious and healthy side dishes, but the key is baking instead of frying, writes registered dietitian Dana Angelo White. These fries also tend to be healthier when made at home with a little oil instead of ordering them at a restaurant or buying frozen varieties at the store, which White says can be higher in fat and sodium.
Fruits and vegetables are hailed as heart-healthy foods but some less-common options include chia seeds, oatmeal, natural peanut butter and eggs, says registered dietitian Dana Angelo White. Lean beef, coconut water and canned tuna also make the list, White says, along with shellfish, which have minerals and omega-3 fatty acids to promote healthy circulation.
Keep bacon on the menu by understanding its health risks and keeping portions in check, says registered dietitian Dana Angelo White. Uncured bacon that does not contain additives such as sodium nitrate is available, and preparing bacon in an oven or in a microwave with a paper towel can reduce grease, compared with pan frying, White said.
Lemons can be a handy kitchen tool for cleaning wood or plastic cutting boards or used in a pinch to create buttermilk or ricotta cheese, said registered dietitian Dana Angelo White. Lemons do not have sodium or gluten and can be used in place of soy sauce, or they can help tenderize meat and poultry, White said.
Eating fish and taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements may reduce the risk of heart disease and death but only to a point, researchers said. They said people with low daily dietary intake benefit the most but there is a threshold after which eating more fatty acids does not confer additional benefits.