Beans–Beans are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and plant polyphenols that have protective benefits, especially for your heart.

Hot Peppers–If you can tolerate them, chilies are good for your heart and waistline.

Nuts–are high in monounsaturated fat, which helps lower LDL, (bad) cholesterol.

Chocolate–Flavonoids in chocolate may improve blood vessel function, which can lower blood pressure and clotting. Dark chocolate has more flavonoids and less sugar than milk chocolate.

Whole Grains–They have antioxidants, B vitamins, fiber, polyphenols. These substances, help reduce heart disease risk.

Fish–Fatty fish is high in inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, which may help protect the heart and brain. Try for 8-ounces per week of sustainably farmed or wild-caught, low-mercury fish, such as Atlantic mackerel, Pacific sardines, freshwater (farmed)  coho salmon and wild-caught salmon, and sablefish (black cod) from Alaska.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health May 2017