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Heart Failure, Heart Disease and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) – Dietary Guide

Dietary Guidelines for Heart Health or Anyone Suffering from Heart Disease or Heart Failure / CHF

Below is a dietary guide for people suffering from heart disease, heart failure congestive heart failure and anyone who wants to maintain long-term heart health.

Mind, this is merely a guide. If you have heart failure, heart disease or CHF, talk to your doctor before adopting a dietary plan.

Heart Health


Foods Avoid Choose
Salt No more than one teaspoon of salt a day (less than 2,300 milligrams)

  • Canned, Processed, Frozen or Prepared Foods
  • Spices and Herbs
  • Fresh Foods
  • Saturated Fats
  • Trans Fat (Partially Hydrogenated)
  • Cholesterol (less than 200 mg/day)
  • Butter
  • Hydrogenated Margarine
  • Fried Foods
  • Gravy
  • Cream Sauce
  • Non-Dairy Creamers
  • Cocoa Butter (in chocolate)
  • Whole Mile, Cream
  • Monounsaturated Fats (Olive and Canola Oil)
  • Polyunsaturated Fats (Nuts and Seeds)
  • Margarine labeled “trans fat-free”
  • Cholesterol-lowering margarine
  • Buttery spreads (Benecol, Promise Activ, Smart Balance)
  • Skim or Low-Fat Milk (1%)
  • Fat-Free or Low-Fat Dairy Products
  • Liver
  • Egg Yolk
  • Fatty, Marbled Meat
  • Cold Cuts, Lunch Meats
  • Hot Dogs, Sausages, Bacon
  • Egg Whites and Egg Substitutes
  • Fish, Especially Cold-Water Fish (Like Salmon)
  • Skinless Poultry
  • Soybean and Soy Products (Soy Burgers)
  • Lean Ground Meat
  • Legumes (Beans, Peas, Lentils)
  • White Rice
  • Frozen Waffles
  • Doughnuts, Muffins, Cakes, Pies, Biscuits, Rolls, Cornbread
  • White Breads
  • Granola Bars
  • Pastas
  • Popcorn
  • Chips and Crackers
  • Whole-Wheat Flour
  • Whole-Grain Bread (100% Whole Wheat)
  • High-Fiber Cereal with 5 or More Grams of Fiber Per Serving
  • Brown Rice
  • Whole-Grain Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Flaxseed