White fruits and veggies may lower stroke risk
September 16, 2011 01:52 pm EDT
Health, Medical Research, Lifestyle And Leisure
New research from the University of Netherlands suggests that fruits and vegetable whose edible interior is white may lower the risk of stroke.
The findings reveal that for every 25 grams of white fruits and vegetable consumed, the risk of stroke decreased 9 percent. According to the study, published in the November issue of Stroke, the most commonly consumed white fruits were apples and pears.
Other colorful fruits and vegetables were not related to a decreased risk of stoke in the study, but the risk of stroke incidence was 52 percent lower for people with an overall high intake of white fruits and vegetables compared to those with a low intake.
The study involved more than 20,000 people over a 10-year period. In a 178-item food frequency questionnaire, those who consumed the most white fruits and vegetables were associated with a statically significant decrease in stroke.
Fruits and veggies in the white category included apples, pears, apple juice, apple sauce, bananas, cauliflower, chicory, cucumbers and mushrooms.
Doctors say it is difficult to single out what it is about white fruits and vegetables that might reduce the risk of stroke, and that the whole food must be taken into consideration.
No one yet is suggesting to limit intake of fruits and vegetable to white ones. Each one contains certain beneficial nutrients and vitamins.
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