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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.

The Heart Foundation’s recommendations on healthy eating do not rely on one type of food or one type of nutrient to promote heart health. Heart healthy eating patterns are based on a combination of foods, chosen regularly, over time. This optimal combination is based on research into dietary patterns including the Mediterranean and DASH diet, and can be categorised into five healthy eating principles.

  1. Fruits, vegetables and wholegrains
  2. A variety of healthy protein sources including fish and seafood, lean meat and poultry, legumes, nuts and seeds
  3. Reduced fat dairy such as unflavoured milk and yoghurt, and cheese
  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

Read more about our Heart Healthy Eating Principles

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

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

Position statements

Evidence reports


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.
  • In 2013, the National Health and Medical Research Council released the Australian Dietary Guidelines. We support their food-based recommendations for maintaining health and preventing cardiovascular disease.
  • We support the recommendations on sodium, potassium, free sugars and dietary fat from the World Health Organization.