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article imageEating 150 grams of fruit per day can save your heart

By Alyssa Sellors     Sep 7, 2014 in Health
A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is better for us than one full of processed foods, but did you know that the simple act of eating fruit can actually lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke?
A new study published in the European Heart Journal and researched by Oxford University conducted the first ever study that connected eating fruit to better heart health. The purpose of the study was to investigate the association between the consumption of fruit with blood pressure and the risk of Cardiovascular Disease among Chinese adults. The study looked more than 451,680 people over a seven year period of time, with the mean age of participants at 50.5 years old. The study gathered data by participants reporting their level of fruit consumption and the focused on comparing those who reported eating little to no fruit to those who had moderate, to even light, consumption of fruit.
The study compared people who never ate fruit to those who did and found that those who consumed at least 150 grams of fruit a day cut their risk for heart disease by 25 to 40 percent. 150 grams of fruit would be approximately an apple and a half, or an apple and half of a banana. Time published a similar study in comparison to this most recent one that looked at 110,000 men and women over a 14 year span that found that eating fruits and vegetables daily lowered the participant’s risk of Cardiovascular Disease, but this most recent study is the first that has found a direct correlation to that of fruit consumption alone. We have known the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables on the body, but it appears that even adding fruit alone to your diet is has major benefits.
One article reports on how fruits and vegetables benefit the body, explaining that fruits helps the heart “through their antioxidant effects, combating harmful naturally occurring chemicals in the body,” which lowers the risk of disease in the body overall, especially the heart. This study also highlighted the positive effects on the risk of stroke, specifically the risk of ischemic stroke, the most common type. The risk of death by ischemic stroke decreased by 25 percent while the risk of hemorrhagic stroke was reduced by 40 percent; a significant finding in and of itself.
And the great thing about this study is that it shows it’s quite simple to protect ourselves from deadly heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, finding that “even eating just one more portion a day helped lower the risk of Cardiovascular Disease,” according to Tracy Parker of the British Health Association.
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