While you and I were growing up and learning how to take care of ourselves-- around the world scientists have been studying what people eat. Asking whether or not-- what we eat makes a difference to our health? Have you ever wondered about this?
Could it be true that what we eat can influence how we feel and think and how healthy we are?
What the global nutrition research community has to say:
For the past 19 years- 20 different research projects evaluated the diets of 760,000 people in the United States, Europe and Asia. When the final results were published this year it was quite dramatic:
*Eating 2 1/2 cups of fruit per day reduces the risk of stroke by 32 %. 1
*Eating 2 ½ cups of veggies per day reduces the risk of stroke by another 11%. 2
Studies on the Mediterranean diet with 5-7 servings of fruits & vegetables daily indicate:
*5-7 servings of fruits and veggies per day reduce the incidence of heart attack, stroke and death by 30%. 3
*Seniors who eat 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies per day are 17% less likely to develop memory and thinking problems.4
80,000 British research subjects agreed to eat 5 or more servings of fruits and veggies every day:
*Those who consumed these suggested amount of fruits and veggies reported that they were 27% happier with their lives than the research participants who ate less than 1 serving per day. 5
All I’m saying is that this research is stacking up. Maybe it’s time to diverge from out old ways of eating and include fruits and veggies at every meal. Just think about it…..
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1.Fruits and Vegetable Consumption and Risk of Stroke
2.Fruits and Vegetable Consumption and Risk of Stroke
3.Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet
4.Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet and Risk of Incident Cognitive Impairment
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