Eat better

<br />The guidelines advise eating at least 4 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables per day, at least 3 ounces of whole grains per day, at least two servings of fish each week, less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day and no more than 450 calories worth of sugar-sweetened beverages in a week. To meet the heart-healthy ideal, you should follow at least four of these five rules.<br>
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<b>More:</b><br />
<a href="http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-carbs-20101220,0,5464425.story">Scientists now saying carbs, not fat, are to blame for America's ills</a><br />
<a href="http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyCooking/Smart-Substitutions_UCM_302052_Article.jsp">Smart cooking substitutions (AHA)</a><br />
<a href="http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/DiningOut/Eating-Fast-Food_UCM_301473_Article.jsp">What to look for when eating fast food (AHA)</a><br />
<a href="http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Recipes/Recipes_UCM_001184_SubHomePage.jsp">Recipes: Heart-healthy cooking (AHA)</a><br />
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( Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times )


The guidelines advise eating at least 4 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables per day, at least 3 ounces of whole grains per day, at least two servings of fish each week, less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day and no more than 450 calories worth of sugar-sweetened beverages in a week. To meet the heart-healthy ideal, you should follow at least four of these five rules.

More:
Scientists now saying carbs, not fat, are to blame for America's ills
Smart cooking substitutions (AHA)
What to look for when eating fast food (AHA)
Recipes: Heart-healthy cooking (AHA)

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