Six Heart-Healthy Snacks for Your Winter Diet

The winter season is around the corner and it is imperative to take extra measures to maintain the health of your heart. Storing heart-healthy snacks in your kitchen is a powerful way of making your heart happy during the colder months of the year. Let’s take a close look at six snacks that are good for your heart. 

Popcorn
Popcorn is well-known for delivering Polyphenols, which is an antioxidant that can improve heart health. Recent research conducted at the University of Scranton revealed that popcorn delivers three times more Polyphenols than kidney beans and four times more than cranberries. Keep in mind that popcorn is a whole grain. People who eat a substantial amount of whole grains tend to have a better chance of avoiding heart disease as well.

Yogurt
Research has shown that yogurt is a powerful ally in fighting against gum disease. People with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from serious heart problems and eating yogurt during the winter months will help eradicate the bacteria that can cause gum disease. 

Raisins
Raisins are beneficial when it comes to protecting your gums and heart. The antioxidants in raisins stunt the growth of bacteria that can cause swelling and gum disease and dealing with gum disease early can lower your chances of becoming a candidate for heart disease. 

Dark Chocolate
Researchers have discovered that consuming moderate amounts of dark chocolate has a stunning blood-thinning effect. This effect can boost the immune system and promote good cardiovascular health. Some studies also suggest cocoa can play a major role in lower blood pressure.

Apples
Apples received positive press when they were featured in the Iowa Women’s Health Study. This special study was conducted for nearly twenty years and tracked more than 34,000 women for twenty years. Researchers discovered that frequent apple eaters had the slimmest chance of suffering strokes when compared with non-apple eaters.

Nuts
Nuts are full of minerals, vitamins, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They also have low levels of saturated fats. Many well-known researchers suggest that people have a lower incidence of heart disease when they eat nuts daily. Stock your pantry with pistachios, almonds, and pine nuts. You should also consider adding peanuts and hazelnuts to your winter snack list. Check out products at the Valley pistachio country store to see what gourmet options might be available in bigger sizes to satisfy the whole family.

Now is the time to pack your pantry with winter snacks that are healthy for your heart. The six options listed above are delicious and ideal for a happy heart. 

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