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Another way to make your diet more heart healthy is to try meat substitutes. For example, tofu is a source of polyunsaturated fat, which can help lower your risk of heart disease.
Beans can help improve cholesterol and help you feel full for longer. A one-cup serving of cooked beans, peas, lentils or tofu can replace a 2-ounce serving of meat, poultry or fish.
If you use canned beans and they have any added salt, drain and rinse them first. Try rice and beans, tuck beans into a pita, or toss them with sauteed vegetables. Or add beans to a salad, soup or pasta dish. Choose vegetarian refried beans, which are not prepared in lard.
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