Eating Fruit and Veggies Can Save Your Life
Eating fruit and veggies can save your life according to a new study by Tufts University in Boston. We have been told for years that it is important to get enough fruit and veggies into your diet but not eating enough of them can be a matter of life and death.
This new study shows that people not eating enough fruits and vegetables may be responsible for millions of deaths from heart disease and stroke each year across the world.
The study estimates that 1 in 7 cardiovascular deaths are caused by not eating enough fruit and 1 in 12 are caused by not eating enough veggies. These numbers only account for deaths caused by poor diets not containing enough fruits and veggies, not the wider picture that heart disease and stroke can cause through poor health, pain, and disability.
The researchers determined that the optimal intake of fruit is 300 grams per day and the optimal intake of veggies is 400 grams per day. These numbers were based on dietary guidelines and studies of cardiovascular risk factors.
Low fruit intake was responsible for 1.8 million deaths from heart disease in 2010. Approximately 1.3 million of these deaths were from stroke and 500,000 from coronary artery disease.
Low veggie intake was responsible for 1 million deaths. About 200,000 from stroke and 800,000 from coronary artery disease. In the United States, where cardiovascular disease is the number 1 cause of death, low fruit and veggie intake caused about 140,000 cardiovascular deaths. Younger people and men were at higher risk of death from low fruit and veggie intake.
We have a huge opportunity to prevent cardiovascular deaths with dietary modifications. Adding more fruits and veggies to our diets is an easy fix that can save lives. They are good sources of fiber, potassium, magnesium, antioxidants and other necessary food sources. The more fruit and veggies in a person’s diet, the less likely they are to be overweight or obese which contributes to cardiovascular disease.
Eating fruit and veggies can save your life. Eating more fruits and veggies is accessible to everyone and it is an affordable, easy way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Fruits and veggies also protect against certain cancers and promote a healthy digestive tract.