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The South Beach Heart Program

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The dietary principles used in the South Beach Heart Program are the same as for The South Beach diet weight-loss program. However, certain foods are emphasized for their specific health effects:

For reducing risks associated with LDL (“bad”) cholesterol

  • Nuts and seeds, apples, oat bran, tea, grapefruit, olive oil, canola oil, legumes such as kidney beans, soybeans, lentils

For raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol

  • Red wine and other alcoholic beverages, in moderation

For lowering triglycerides

  • Cold-water, fatty fish such as salmon, Spanish mackerel, light tuna, and sardines; nuts; whole grains

For lowering blood pressure

  • Low-fat dairy products, dark chocolate, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes; red wine in moderation

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