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Here’s another reason for you to gorge on fruits andveggies.A new study has claimed that insufficient consumption offruitandvegetablemay account for millions of death fromheart diseaseandstrokeseach year.
The study presented at the meeting ‘Nutrition 2019’ in the Baltimore Convention Center, estimated that roughly 1 in 7 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enoughfruitand 1 in 12 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough vegetables.
Overall, the toll of suboptimal fruit intake was almost double that of vegetables. The impacts were most acute in countries with the lowest average intakes of fruits and vegetables.
“Fruits and vegetables are a modifiable component of the diet that can impact preventable deaths globally,” said Victoria Miller,lead study authorof the study.
“Our findings indicate the need for population-based efforts to increase fruit andvegetableconsumption throughout the world,” added Miller.
“Global nutrition priorities have traditionally focused on providing sufficient calories, vitamin supplementation and reducing additives like salt and sugar,” said Dariush Mozaffarian,senior authorof the study.
“These findings indicate a need to expand the focus to increasing availability and consumption of protective foods like fruits, vegetables and legumes–a positive message with tremendous potential for improving global health,” Mozaffarian added.
Based on dietary guidelines and studies of cardiovascular risk factors, the researchers defined optimal fruit intake as 300 grams per day, equivalent to roughly two small apples. Optimal intake of vegetables, including legumes, was defined as 400 grams per day, equivalent to about three cups of raw carrots.
The researchers estimated average national intakes of fruit and vegetables from diet surveys andfood availability datarepresenting 113 countries (about 82 percent of the world’s population), then combined this information with data on causes of death in each country and data on the cardiovascular risk associated with inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption.
The impact of inadequate fruit and vegetable intake was greatest in countries with the lowest fruit and vegetable consumption. Countries in South Asia,East AsiaandSub-Saharan Africahad low fruit intake and high rates of associatedstrokedeaths. Countries inCentral AsiaandOceaniahad low vegetable intake and high rates of associatedcoronaryheart disease.
By age group, suboptimal fruit and vegetable intake had the greatest perceived proportional impact oncardiovascular diseasedeaths among younger adults. By gender, suboptimal fruit and vegetable intake had the greatest proportional impact oncardiovascular diseasedeaths in men, likely because women tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, Miller noted.
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