Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Live Longer By Eating Fruits and Veggies
The study did not count potatoes or dried beans as vegetables because of the higher carbohydrate and calories of those foods. Only fresh fruit was counted (not canned) and nuts, seeds and olives were not counted either. A half-million people from 10 countries were included in the EPIC study with 313,074 in this assessment.
The reasons for the reduced risks are not entirely clear. Changes to cholesterol levels and blood pressure have been considered as have certain components within the fruits and veggies, but the detailed analysis of this study neither confirm nor refute those theories.
This is not the first study to show the benefits of eating more fruits and veggies, but this study shows how strong the connection really is.
"Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Mortality From Ischaemic Heart Disease" European Heart Journal. 2011; 32(10):1235-1243