Eating apples may reduce risk of stroke

  • We saw how eating dark chocolate may reduce the risk of stroke. Just recently, a new research highlights that eating white-fleshed fruits such as apples and pears may significantly lower the risk of stroke.
  • In a new study, Dutch researchers tried to determine a possible link between stroke and eating fruits of various colors.
  • They collected information from 20,069 people between ages 20 and 65 of what they ate over a one-year period.
  • All of the people did not have any diagnosed heart related diseases or stroke when the study started.
  • During the 10 years of follow-up, 233 people had strokes. The researchers concluded that the risk of stroke was 52% lower for people who ate a lot of white-fleshed fruits and vegetables, compared to those who didn’t.
  • The researchers found that each 25-gram daily increase of white fruits and vegetables was associated with a 9% lower risk of stroke.
  • One is apple is about 120 grams.
  • White foods are: bananas, cauliflower, chicory, and cucumbers.
  • To prevent stroke, it may be useful to consume considerable amounts of white fruits and vegetables,” Linda M. Oude Griep, MSc, of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, says in a news release.
  • She says an apple a day “is an easy way to increase white fruits and vegetable intake,” but because other fruits and vegetable color groups also protect against chronic diseases, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • The researchers write that they believe their study is the first to examine fruit and vegetable color groups in relation to stroke.
  • Currently, the U.S. Preventive Health Services recommends that daily diets include vegetables from five subgroups: dark green, red-orange, legume, starchy, and other vegetables.
  • The study and editorial are published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
  • Take a green step and include apples and pears in your diet.
  • The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”  still holds its own.
  • As always: Check with your health practitioner before you change your diet and see if this is right for you. This is not meant to replace any treatment or drugs you are taking.   
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  • 1. “Colors of Fruit and Vegetables and 10-Year Incidence of Stroke.” American Stroke Association. Stroke, 15 Sept. 2011. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. . 2. “Apples And Pears Can Reduce Stroke Risk By 52%.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 18 Sept. 2011. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.
  • 3. “Apples, Pears May Reduce Stroke Risk.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.
  • 4. “U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF): An Introduction.” AHRQ. Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.
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