One of the keys to preventing heart attacks and strokes is to eat fruits and vegetables every time. Two apples and three servings of carrots every day are an excellent recipe for avoiding cardiovascular disease. The conclusion is from a study by Tufts University, USA, released by the American Society of Nutrition, last Saturday (06/08/2019).
The research cross-examined global fruit and vegetable intake data with reports of deaths from cardiovascular disease throughout 2010. The main finding was that one in seven type-1 deaths may be related to a person's ingestion of fruit sufficient. And one in 12 deaths would be a result of the lack of vegetables in the diet.
To reach the results, the researchers made estimates of average daily intakes of fruits and other vegetables from food surveys conducted in 113 countries – representing a sample of 82% of the world's population.
According to nutritionist Victoria Miller, one of the study's authors, fruits and vegetables are good sources of fiber, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants that help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, these products also enhance the diversity of bacteria that live in the digestive tract.
Research data indicate that about 1 million deaths in the year analyzed (2010) were attributed to low consumption of vegetables. According to this mathematics, in Brazil 13 thousand deaths due to precarious feeding in relation to fruits and almost 6 thousand could have been avoided due to the deficiency of vegetables in the diet.
(With information from BBC Brazil)