Recipes and Cooking Healthy Recipes Healthy Eating 7 Easy-to-Find Fruits That Are Good for Your Heart Add these seven foods to your grocery list now for a delicious boost in heart health. By Brierley Horton, MS, RD Brierley Horton, MS, RD Instagram Website Brierley Horton is a registered dietitian nutritionist and experienced independent writer and editor with 15 years experience. She previously served as Food & Nutrition Director for Cooking Light magazine and was the Nutrition Editor at EatingWell magazine for nearly a decade. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on April 11, 2023 Reviewed by Jessica Jones, MS, RD Reviewed by Jessica Jones, MS, RD Jessica is a nationally-recognized Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Writer, Speaker, and Digital Content Strategist. 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He began his writing career reporting for The Source magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. His book Somebody Scream: Rap Music's Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power was nominated for a Zora Neale Hurston Award. He is an adjunct instructor at New York University, where he teaches writing and communications. Marcus received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Learn about BHG's Fact Checking Process Share Tweet Pin Email Fruit (yes, fruit!) has the power to improve your heart health. That's because it's loaded with nutrients that can help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure—which are good for your overall heart health. Plus, research shows that people who eat four or more servings of whole fruit a day significantly lower their risk of developing high blood pressure. "Fruits are packed with fiber and are also a rich source of potassium. Both higher potassium and fiber intake help prevent hypertension and are associated with lower blood pressure among those with hypertension," says Donna Arnett, Ph.D., Dean, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky. Blaine Moats Fresh, frozen, canned, and dried are all great ways to add more fruit to your diet. Do aim, however, to eat whole fruit as much as possible to reap the most rewards. BHG / Zoe Hansen The Best Heart-Healthy Fruits These seven fruits are best for your heart and should be readily available at your local grocery stores. Apples Turns out an apple a day could actually keep the doctor away. Not only are apples a good way to add fiber to your diet and good-for-you flavonoids, but a couple of studies also found that people who regularly eat apples are less likely to develop high blood pressure. Fast and Fresh Apple Recipes You Need This Fall Seek out shiny-skinned applies that are firm and free of bruises. Then, store them in the refrigerator fruit crisper to extend their juiciness and crispness. Apricots Apricots deliver a handful of vitamins (A, C, E, and K), plus fiber. And their orange hue comes from carotenoids, an antioxidant. Fresh apricots have a fleeting season from May to August (look for fruits that are firm and plump). Fortunately, dried apricots deliver the same nutrients. Bananas Eat a banana and you'll get vitamins B6 and C. You'll also get fiber, potassium, and magnesium—all three of which are key nutrients that may help keep blood pressure in check. When shopping, look for firm bananas at any size as size doesn't affect quality. Berries Whether it's blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries that you're drawn to most, all berries are great sources of vitamin C and fiber. And eating a high-fiber diet has the potential to help lower cholesterol and your risk of heart disease, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Don't forget: frozen berries are just as healthy as fresh so you can enjoy berries year-round. Our Ultimate Healthy Blueberry Recipes Grapefruit Serve up grapefruit for a dose of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. A single serving of grapefruit delivers 2.5 grams of fiber, or about 7% of your daily quota. Plus, in a study of women (published in 2014 in the journal Food & Nutrition Research), those who regularly ate grapefruit or drank its juice had higher "good" HDL cholesterol and lower triglycerides. When shopping, look for a grapefruit that's heavy for its size and springy to touch. At home, store it in the fridge, but for a juicier fruit, serve it at room temp or warm, not chilled. Remember that grapefruit (and its juice) interacts with some prescriptions, so check with your doctor before adding it to your meal plan. Oranges This citrus favorite is a real winner in the heart-healthy fruits category: research shows that the flavonoids in oranges (naringenin and hesperidin to name just two) have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers. They also may help improve blood pressure and can ward off your risk of developing atherosclerosis. Like the other fruits in this list, oranges also give you potassium and fiber. Look for oranges with small navels (yes, the indentation on the non-stem end of the orange is called a navel). A large navel means it's overripe. Peaches Pick up yellow peaches for a hit of beta-carotene (and these recipes). Men who have higher blood levels of beta-carotene were less likely to die of heart disease or stroke, per a study published in 2018 in the journal Circulation Research. Peaches also deliver fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, E, and K. Look for fruits with a strong, sweet smell that give ever so slightly when touched. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! 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