Veggies and fruits reduce heart disease risk in the long run if consumed when young, a study suggests. Michael Miedema, a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, has lead the first study to verify that consuming fruit and vegetables when younger has beneficial effects in lowering heart disease risk.
The researchers have found that eating seven to nine portions of fruit and vegetables regularly during childhood decreases the risk of developing calcified coronary artery plaque 2 later in life.
The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study, also known as CARDIA, has gathered data on cardiac medical history, lifestyle and demographic factors and has researched information provided by 2506 subjects.
The participants were asked to also undergo CT testing in order to determine the existing risk of the previously mentioned heart diseases. They were split into three groups depending on the amount of fruit and vegetables they normally consumed on a daily basis. One group averaged an intake of seven to nine portions per day, the highest in the study, while the third and last group had the smallest daily fruit/vegetable consumption, between two and four portions per day.
The results of the study spoke for themselves, as the participants in the first research group, the one with the highest daily fruit and vegetable consumption, were found to have a risk of heart disease development that was 26% lower than that of the other participants had.
While it is not an unknown fact that having a healthy diet has vast benefits in terms of longevity and quality of life, this study is the first to directly link the incorporation of a sufficient amount of vegetables and fruit in people’s daily diets to a better health and a lowered risk of heart disease later in life.
While the benefits of a healthy diet are widely known to the public, the research conducted by doctor Miedema reinforces the importance of fruits and vegetables as part of day to day life and as a necessary dietary component at a time when the obesity rate is at an all-time high.
It backs the notion that fruit and vegetables keep us healthy with scientific evidence and underlines the fact that seven to nine daily portions of this magical combination of foods can do more than keep us at a healthy weight and supply our bodies with vitamins and minerals we just can’t get form other sources: it shows the correct amount can literally help save our lives.
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