Fruits and Vegetables Reduce Heart Attack Risk

Harvard researchers followed almost 120,000 healthy men and women for 24 years and found that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables had 17 percent fewer heart attacks than those who ate the least. The more fruits and vegetables they ate, the less likely they were to suffer heart attacks. Total number of fruits and vegetables were more protective than eating a wide variety (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 2013).

The authors excluded potatoes, beans, and fruit juices from their definition of fruit and vegetables. Potatoes and fruit juices are associated with increased risk for weight gain, diabetes and heart attacks. I do not know why they excluded beans.

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