Researchers have discovered that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables at an early age reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. They measured the degree of calcification using scans.

Nine servings

The 2506 participants were followed since 1985. During all these years, they followed normal dietary pattern and consumed about 2,000 calories per day.

In total, the participants were divided into three groups based on their intake of fruits and vegetables. In the group that ate the most fruit and vegetables, women consumed nine servings per day on average. Among men, the average was seven servings per day.

Women who ate the fewest fruits and vegetables reached 3.3 servings per day, men 2.6.

Young age

The results showed that people in the group with the highest intake of fruits and vegetables are at 26% lower risk of developing arteriosclerosis Later that participants who ate the fewest fruits and vegetables being young.

Several studies have already shown that there is a very close link between the consumption of fruits and vegetables and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

This is the first study to show that very regular consumption of fruits and vegetables young exerts a visible effect on the health of the heart and arteries later too.

“Do not wait to have reached an advanced age to Healthy Eating” says lead author Michael D. Miedema, a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute in Minnesota. “Our study shows that what we eat young, is as important as what you eat when you’re older.” (IPS)