Daily intake of fruit may decrease the risk of heart disease by as much as 40 percent, according to data presented this week at the European Society of Cardiology Congress. Researchers followed 451,681 participants for seven years and found that in addition to reducing the risk of heart disease, daily fruit consumption reduced the risk of dying from heart disease and stroke by 27 percent and 40 percent, respectively, compared with less than daily fruit consumption. Daily fruit intake also cut the risk of overall death by 32 percent during follow-up. This study emphasizes the effectiveness of fruit as disease treatment and prevention.
- Du H, Li L, Bennett D, et al. Fresh fruit consumption, blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk: a prospective cohort study of 0.5 million adults in the China Kadoorie Biobank. Report presented at: European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014; September 1, 2014: Barcelona, Spain.