Food Tip Protect your ticker: Steer clear of low-carb diets that don’t consider the type of carbs or source of proteins. Eat unrefined, whole grains.

Don’t sacrifice your heart for your waistline. Women who regularly eat high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets may be putting themselves at greater risk of heart disease. Researchers found that this kind of diet boosted the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. A better way to slim down: Choose a diet with a strong emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, such as the Mediterranean diet. The researchers point out that a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet can be heart healthy if dieters cut out simple carbohydrates — like sugar and refined, white flour — and choose mainly plant-based protein, like beans, tofu and nuts. No matter how many carbs you consume, make sure they consist primarily of whole foods, such as vegetables, fruit, beans and whole grains. And when reaching for meat, select fish and lean cuts of poultry.

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