8 tropical foods for heart healthFeb 1, 2012
By Trina Kaufman
Sun-loving foods bring the vibrancy and vitality of warm climates not only to the heart of winter, but also to the heart inside of you. Fruits and vegetables grown in the tropics offer a wealth of cardio-supporting nutrients, including fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals known to reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and improve profiles of blood lipids like cholesterol and triglycerides. The foods featured in these recipes are heart-health superstars, and their bright colors and flavors provide a lively, mood-lifting alternative to heavy winter menus.