20 January 2011

Study reveals eating more fruits and vegetables good for the heart

The results of a recent University of Oxford study backs up what most of us already know; eating more fruits and veggies may reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. In related news, snow is cold.

All jokes aside, the findings, which were published in the European Heart Journal, revealed “participants consuming at least eight portions (80 g each) of fruits and vegetables a day had a 22% lower risk of fatal IHD (ischaemic heart disease) compared with those consuming fewer than three portions a day.”

The results mirrored that of possibly the largest and longest study ever conducted on the subject, the Harvard initiated Nurses’ Health Study.

The study followed nearly 110,000 participants (71,910 females and 37,725 males) over a 14 year period.

The researchers involved with the “Nurses’” study concluded, “Increased fruit and vegetable consumption was associated with a modest although not statistically significant reduction in the development of major chronic disease.”

Needless to say, eating your fruits and vegetables is always sound advice.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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