Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce risk of heart disease: New Study

New research indicates that eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. According to a new study from the University of Oxford and published in the European Heart Journal, people who consumed eight or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day were 22 percent less likely to die from ischemic heart disease than those who consumed three or fewer servings a day.

"Simply make a promise to yourself that you will add one additional fruit or vegetable serving every day this week. You’ll find it’s easier than you think. When this week is over, promise to continue with the added serving next week too. Pretty soon you’re eating more nutritious, real foods and less empty-calorie foods that provide little real nutrition. To help keep you focused on eating more fruits and veggies for better health, Fruits & Veggies??”More Matters has developed the America’s More Matters Pledge: Fruits & Veggies . . . Today and Every Day!"

The America’s More Matters Pledge can be found at http://www.FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters, and it’s easy to pledge online. Over 2,000 pledges have already been made! The Fruits & Veggies??”More Matters website also has the tools you need to follow through with your pledge. Tips and advice on the website make it easy to add more fruits and vegetables to meals and snacks including; a recipe database with over 1,000 recipes, many of which can be made in 30 minutes or less, and a video center loaded with informational and entertaining short clips that offer fruit and veggie selection and storage advice, varietal comparisons, as well as fun facts and preparation ideas.

Need more help? The Fruits & Veggies??”More Matters Menu Plan of the Week offers a full day’s eating plan that includes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and either two or three snacks that total less than 2,000 calories and less then 2,300 mg of sodium. The Fruits & Veggies??”More Matters Recipe of the Week is a great way to add new recipes to your collection. Each is low in total fat, sodium, and added sugar, while being high in fiber.

For this new study, researchers from the University of Oxford in England analyzed data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) heart study, in which more than 300,000 participants, age 40 to 85, provided information about dietary intake. The EPIC study started in 1992 gathered data until 2000.

SOURCE Produce for Better Health Foundation

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