By Robert J. Matthews
Tomatoes can be used for many things, like making pasta sauce, caprese, and more.
There is an antioxidant in tomatoes called lycopene that can help keep vessels healthy and prevent atherosclerosis and other heart diseases.
Beans are a flexible source of protein, and they are a big part of the Mediterranean diet, which stresses eating a lot of plants.
Being high in fiber, beans can help lower your cholesterol.
Nuts are full of vitamins, minerals, and fats that are good for your heart.
Many foods in the Mediterranean diet are high in antioxidants, which are good for your heart.
Last but not least, berries are an important part of both the Mediterranean diet and the heart-healthy diet.
Berries have a lot of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, all of which are good for your heart and blood vessels.