Contributed by: NAPSA
(NAPSA) - You don't have to sacrifice great taste to be good to your heart. There are plenty of flavorful, nutritious foods-fresh vegetables, beans and some tasty oils-that offer a satisfyingly natural way to boost heart health.
A good example is canola oil, which is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats. Omega-3 fats protect against heart attacks and stroke. Canola oil contains the least cholesterol-raising saturated fats of all the culinary oils-canola oil has half the saturated fat of olive oil.
Canola oil contains zero trans fats and is high in vitamin E. Its low smoke point makes it a smart choice for sautˇing and its mild flavor allows the taste of other ingredients to shine through. The oil also works well in marinades, keeping food moist and juicy, and is great in vinaigrettes.
Strain and rinse green beans, yellow beans, black beans and corn. Mix in a large bowl.
To prepare vinaigrette, whisk together canola oil, vinegar, sugar, mustard, garlic, tarragon and basil. Pour onto bean mixture prior to serving. Garnish with onion and green pepper rings.
For more information on fats and heart health, or to download the recipe brochure Canola Cooks For Heart Health, visit www.canolainfo.org.
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