Friday, January 27, 2006

The fruit and vegetable way to cut stroke risk

Eating more than the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can cut risk of stroke, a new study says.

People who ate three to five cut the risk by 11% compared with those eating fewer than three, the Lancet reported in a pooled analysis of studies involving 257,000 people. It was 26% lower for people who ate more than five servings.

Professor Graham MacGregor, who worked on the study, said: "It is a very important finding because it really shows that the quantity of fruit and vegetables you should be eating is more than five a day."

Researchers suspect that potassium may be the most important factor in preventing stroke.

"We know that if you give people additional potassium it lowers blood pressure. By increasing to five servings a day from three you would increase your potassium intake by about 50%."

Also, you should consider eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to take advantage of the many health-promoting phytochemicals. Here's an easy-to-read chart.

What 7 servings a day looks like - click here.
What 9 servings a day looks like - click here.

You can do that. It's a piece of cake....
Oops. Shouldn't have said that. diseases

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