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The Heart Foundation has a range of evidence-based position statements for health professionals including dietitians, nutritionists, general practice, allied health and health professionals working in the area of nutrition and cardiovascular health.

Heart healthy eating patterns are based on a combination of foods, chosen regularly, over time. This optimal combination is outlined in the Heart Foundation’s Heart Healthy Eating Principles which encourage people to eat:

  1. Plenty of vegetables, fruits and wholegrains.
  2. A variety of healthy protein sources especially fish and seafood, legumes (such as beans and lentils), nuts and seeds. Smaller amounts of eggs and lean poultry can also be included in a heart healthy diet. If choosing red meat, make sure the meat is lean and limit to 1-3 times a week.
  3. Unflavoured milk, yoghurt and cheese. Those with high blood cholesterol should choose reduced fat varieties.
  4. Healthy fat choices with nuts, seeds, avocados, olives and their oils for cooking.
  5. Herbs and spices to flavour foods, instead of adding salt.

This style of eating is naturally low in saturated and trans fats, salt and added sugar and rich in unsaturated fats (MUFA, omega-3 PUFA, and omega-6 PUFA), along with wholegrains, fibre, and antioxidants. Eating this way can help improve the heart health of all Australians by reducing CVD risk factors such as high blood pressure and blood lipids and decreasing the risk of CVD events and mortality.

Our Heart Healthy Eating Patterns position statement outlines our approach to healthy eating, underpinned by a strong base of evidence reports. 

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Resources for practice

For more information on healthy eating for your patients, visit our healthy eating pages or order consumer resources from the Heart Foundation Helpline or visit our recipes pages for inspiration. 

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Other resources

  • In 2017, the National Health and Medical Research Council released the Nutrient Reference Values for sodium. We support the recommendation that all Australians should consume less than 5grams (<2,000mg sodium) per day.
  • We support the recommendations on sodium, potassium, free sugars and dietary fat from the World Health Organization.