LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- We've all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctors away, but other fruits can do this, too. In recognition of American Heart Month, here are three red foods to work into your diet.
Check out the full list from AARP: Eat Red for Heart Health
1. Tomatoes - A new study shows that eating tomatoes more than five times a week - can reduce coronary disease risk by 26-percent. It's best to eat tomatoes cooked, though because the heating process allows antioxidants to be better absorbed.
2. Apples - An apple a day can reduce bad cholesterol by as much as 40-percent. There's also a link between apple eating, and a lowered risk of dying from heart disease. Be sure to munch on the fruit rather than drink juice and remember the peels house the most anti-oxidants.
3. Cranberries - Drinking three cups of cranberry juice daily can raise good cholesterol levels by 10-percent and reduce heart disease by 40-percent. Plus, this juice can help prevent clogging of the arteries. If you can't quite stomach three glasses of a day, one or two have benefits as well.