Five Heart-Healthy Red Foods

Emily Rubin, RD, Clinical Dietitian in the Jefferson Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology shares five heart-healthy red foods to eat this Valentine’s Day.


  1. Red fruit: strawberries, cherries and raspberries are loaded with vitamin C, potassium and folate. Eat them with fat-free Cool Whip or Greek yogurt, or even dark chocolate sauce.
  2. Tomatoes (ok, technically a red fruit too): Red tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene and beta-carotene, which may appear to help cancers of the esophagus, prostate and stomach. Add cherry tomatoes to salad or eat them as a snack.
  3. Red peppers: Red peppers contain high levels of potassium, as well as vitamin A, which is key for good vision. Dip them in hummus or roast in garlic.
  4. Red meat: Not just any red meat – Rubin suggests a lean meat like filet, which is high in iron and protein. Some cuts of red meat may even be leaner than ground turkey. Make meatballs with tomato sauce, giving you two healthy red foods!
  5. Red beans: Red beans are high in fiber. Make a chili combining lean red meat, tomatoes and beans for a trifecta of heart healthy red foods!Bonus: Red wine. Some studies suggest drinking red wine in moderation can be good for your heart.

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