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Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables for a healthy heart

A diet rich in fruits and veggies can help lower the risk of heart disease in young adults.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 28, 2015 15:21 IST
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Women consumed an average of nearly nine servings of daily fruits and vegetables, whereas men averaged more than seven daily servings. (Shutterstock)

A new research has found that if one eats plenty of fruits and veggies when young, he will have a healthier heart in his later years.

The research conducted by American Heart Association explained that eating more fruits and vegetables as a young adult, was associated with less calcified coronary artery plaque 20 years later.

The researchers examined 2,506 participants based on their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables and observed that women consumed an average of nearly nine servings of daily fruits and vegetables, whereas men averaged more than seven daily servings.

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People who eat the most fruits and vegetables have lower chances of developing calcified plaque, a disease that hardens arteries. (Shutterstock)

The study noted that people who ate the most fruits and vegetables at the start of their examination had 26% lower odds of developing calcified plaque, a disease that hardens arteries and underlies many types of heart disease, 20 years later, compared to those who ate the least amount of fruits and vegetables.

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Michael D Miedema, lead author of the study, said that people shouldn’t assume that they can wait until they’re older to eat healthy as what one eats as a young adult may be as important as what he/she eats as an older adult.

The research is published in American Heart Association journal Circulation.

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