Decrease your risk of dying from heart disease

Eating more produce is the key, studies say

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Everyone knows the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but could consuming more servings of produce actually decrease your risk of dying from heart disease?

Although one apple a day is certainly a good start, the latest research suggests that higher fruit and vegetable intake helps decrease your risk of death from heart disease. One study found that each additional serving of fruits and vegetables cut heart disease death by 4 percent. This means that getting 5 servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis may decrease your chance of dying from heart disease by 20 percent! Continue reading

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When your next holiday soirée rolls around, think “rainbow” when filling your plate for healthy holiday eating. It’ll help you make healthy selections packed with phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients, found in fruits and vegetables, help reduce our risk for heart disease, stroke and certain cancers by lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose.

According to Joyce Patterson, University of Michigan clinical dietitian, the best way to get the benefits of phytonutrients is to eat fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors— at least five different colors every day.

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