Adding Fruit Adds Big Health Benefits
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Adding Fruit Adds Big Health Benefits

A seven-year study of more than 500,000 Chinese adults found that consuming fruit regularly was associated with around a 33 percent reduction in death from cardiovascular problems. (The researchers focused on China because many Chinese, especially in the poorer rural areas, eat very little fruit compared to folks in more affluent areas. When fruit is introduced into their diet the health improvements are more easily seen.) According to the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences low fruit consumption is one of the leading causes of premature death (before age 70) in China.

Clearly, eating fruit daily is essential for overall health. It not only provides your body with fluids and energy, fruits like apples and oranges also dish up phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber that boost your immune system and lower blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

So make sure you get at least two servings every day -- we think four is even better.  That’s a cup of mixed berries or cut up melon, an orange, an apple and a hearty handful of fresh grapes.

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's important to read nutrition labels and know the source of your food. Products advertised as whole-grain, organic or fortified may not necessarily be healthy for you. Find out how to get the most health value from various fruits, nuts, spices, oils and vegetables -- and learn which types of red meat and processed foods to avoid -- with expert advice from Sharecare.
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