A daily dose of fruit slashes heart disease risk

Doesn’t it seem like any time some so-called “superfood” comes along, it’s something you wouldn’t feed to your worst enemy?

One day they’re telling us to load up on beets and turnips – and the next, they want you choking down kale at every meal.

Yeah, right – like anyone’s going to do that.

But if you want to eat healthier (without making meal time miserable) a new study out of China should get you excited.

Because researchers found that loading up on fruit can send your heart disease risk plummeting.

And guess what? YOU actually get to pick which fruits you eat.

In the study, just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers followed more than half a million people from China for four years.

And they found that people who ate fruit every day were less likely to have heart attacks and strokes – and they also had better blood sugar and cholesterol numbers.

In fact, fruit outperformed statins at reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease!

Again, the best part of this research is that it wasn’t looking at one fruit in particular – just incorporating more fruit (any fruit) into your daily diet seems to be enough to lower your heart disease risk.

And that’s not terribly surprising, considering that lots of fruits are loaded with antioxidants. And the more you satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit, the less likely you may be to go diving for the Twinkies.

Just as importantly, this is another study that proves that beating common diseases (including leading killers like heart disease) starts and ends with nutrition.

So start adding some grapefruit or vitamin C-rich blueberries to your morning breakfast – top your salad with slices of orange and add some red grapes to your stir fry.

And if you’re not a big fan of fruits, some of the foods you already do enjoy may actually be fruits that are commonly mistaken for vegetables: cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, avocados, peppers, eggplant, and many others.

Just make sure you’re loading up on organic fresh or frozen fruits, and not the kind in a can or a plastic cup that’s been soaking in sticky syrup.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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A Fruit a Day Significantly Lowers Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke, techtimes.com/articles/148070/20160408/a-fruit-a-day-significantly-lowers-risk-of-heart-attack-or-stroke.htm

NEJM Study: nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1501451

Fruits vs. vegetables: telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10129729/Do-you-know-your-fruit-from-your-vegetables.html

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