2. Whole Grains
It sounds too good to be true: Replacing everyday white bread with bread containing whole grains could reduce the risk of coronary disease and stroke by 40 percent. But the impact of whole grains on the prevention of chronic diseases is greatly underestimated. Whole grains contain an abundance of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, phytochemical compounds, and fibers present in both the bran (outside layer) and the germ (layer inside the bran). It is becoming increasingly clear that all these constituents act together to prevent the development of heart disease.