Old-timers like ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ and ‘veggies are important, eat them’ are backed by scientific data. If anyone needed more evidence that consuming fruits and vegetables props health, a new study suggests that fruit, vegetable consumption when young props healthy adult heart.
It might seem rather intuitive that children as well as adults should consume as much of the two categories as possible. Yet, the new study, led by Doctor Michael D. Miedema, cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute, Minnesota is the first to link fruit, vegetable consumption during young age to a lower risk of heart disease in adult life.
Particularly, the study results suggest that children or young adults who are consuming seven to nine portions of both fruits and vegetables daily are less prone to develop calcified coronary artery plaque 2.
This condition is conventionally linked to atherosclerosis, which in turn may up the risk of coronary heart disease, as well as heart attack during adulthood.
Beginning in 1985, the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study or CARDIA enabled medical researchers to gather a wealth of data on heart health, demographic data, lifestyle factors and others on a large sample of patients.
For Doctor Miedema’s study, 2,506 participants previously enrolled in the CARDIA study were recruited for an in-depth analysis. The newly recruited participants were split in three groups based on how many portions of fruits and vegetables they consumed daily.
The first group has the highest fruit, vegetable consumption. Men in this group were found to have an average daily intake of seven portions. Women had an average daily intake of nine portions.
The third group has the lowest fruit, vegetable consumption. Men had an intake of 2.6 servings on average every day. While women consumed slightly more fruits and vegetables, with the daily average established at 3.3 servings.
In order to assess the rate of participants that would present calcified coronary artery plaque 2 and the risk of coronary heart disease or heart attack, all participants involved in the study underwent a CT. The CT came 20 years after the beginning of the CARDIA study. The findings indicate that fruit, vegetable consumption when young props healthy adult heart.
Maintaining healthy eating habits from a young age translates into a wealth of health benefits. This holds for the results of the study as well. The participants in the first group were 26 percent less likely to develop calcified coronary artery plaque.
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