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Taking a Bite Out of Heart Disease

Taking a Bite Out of Heart Disease

Are you eating enough fruits and veggies? According to the CDC, most Americans aren’t.

In order to prepare for the lead role in the 2013 bio-pic Jobs, Ashton Kutscher opted for a fruitarian diet. Guess he wanted to get inside the insides of Steven Jobs, a sometimes fruit-centered eccentric. It landed Kutscher in the hospital with serious pancreas problems. (Jobs died of pancreatic cancer). Apparently, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.

But that’s not the problem for most Americans. According to the CDC, most folks eat far too few fruits—or vegetables. Only 12 percent of you eat 1.5-2 cups of fruit daily (the minimum recommendation for basic survival) and only nine percent consume the minimum of two to three cups of veggies a day.

The consequences are more serious than Ashton’s temporary melt down: According to a paper presented at Nutrition 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, as many as 1 in 7 cardiovascular deaths worldwide may be related to not eating enough fruit and 1 in 12 deaths could be from insufficient vegetable intake.

Fiber, vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients in fruits and veggies help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Additionally, a hearty diet of fruits and veggies is associated with a 31-percent reduction in premature death and a lower cancer risk. So, amp up your intake with, for example, a small apple, 32 seedless grapes or eight large strawberries and three long spears of broccoli, two medium carrots, one large tomato or one baked sweet potato over the course of your day.

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