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Fresh Fruit and Heart Health

Eating fresh fruit daily may lower risk of heart attack, stroke and death, new study finds.

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Eating more fresh fruit may help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, according to a new study.

Researchers recruited more than 450,000 adults from 10 areas of China. They were all between 30 and 79 years old. Their fresh fruit consumption and cardiovascular health was tracked, along with their weight and other lifestyle habits. Men and women who ate fresh fruit daily had lower systolic blood pressure and healthier blood glucose levels. They were also at significantly lower risk of heart attack, stroke and death from cardiovascular causes… compared to those who never or rarely ate fresh fruit.

The authors say the association between fresh fruit consumption and better heart health was largely independent of other dietary and non-dietary factors. Previous studies conducted among Western populations have shown similar associations.

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