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Want a healthy heart? 10 foods to stay in top shape

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EVERY day your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck for 35 kilometres making it the hardest working organ in your body.

It beats 60-70 times a minute, or roughly 100,000 times a day and to keep it functioning at its best you need a good diet and plenty of exercise.

“Every day your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck for 35 kilometres,” says scientist Sheila Zhou, spokeswoman for USANA Health Sciences.

“The World Health Organisation says you can prevent heart disease through healthy lifestyle choices which includes diet, exercise and weight management.”

But being healthy doesn’t have to be dull. Here are 10 foods and fun activities to get your heart into top shape.

Foods your heart will love

Oats:

A bowl of oats is loaded with dietary fibre, folate, iron and other essential minerals. One serve a day will lower your levels of LDL cholesterol and help keep you regular. Avoid the instant oats as they have been highly processed. Traditional, rolled oats are best.

Dark chocolate: Loaded with antioxidants, chocolate helps keep your arteries flexible. It prevents white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood […]