Can vegetables prevent clogged arteries?

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A 2006 study reported that mice bred to develop clogged arteries (atherosclerosis) experienced a 38 percent drop in artery plaque buildup when they were fed vegetables.

A long-term study involving more than 100,000 people, conducted by researchers at Harvard, determined that subjects eating at least eight servings of vegetables each day were nearly a third less likely to develop heart disease than those eating 1.5 servings of vegetables each day.

Another study produced impressive results with squash and carrots. Of 1,300 senior citizens who were tracked in Massachusetts, those eating at least one cup of carrots or squash every day were 60 percent less likely to develop heart problems.

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