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Superfoods for Your Heart

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Surprise Superfood: Cereal

We're not talking about those sugary cereals your kids love; instead look for one with at least 4 grams of fiber per serving, such as Kellogg's Smart Start Healthy Heart, General Mills' Wheat Chex, or Kashi Heart to Heart Oat Flakes & Wild Blueberry Clusters. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that people who ate whole-grain cereal two to six times per week had a 22% lower instance of heart failure than those who didn't eat any. "Fiber stabilizes blood glucose and insulin levels, so it guards against insulin resistance—one of the major drivers of heart disease," says Dr. Katz. Think of insulin as a doorman who ushers glucose out of blood and into cells so your body can use it as sugar. When your body is resistant to insulin, the door gets stuck, so you produce even more insulin to try to force it open. This increases inflammation in the arteries and contributes to hardening that leads to stroke and heart attack.

Hearty Ideas

  • Make trail mix with whole-grain cereal, cranberries, and dark chocolate.
  • Build a parfait with low-fat yogurt, whole-grain cereal, and berries.
  • Slice a banana the long way and top with peanut butter and crushed whole-grain cereal for breakfast.