An Apple a Day Keeps the Cardiologist Away!

Munching on a Granny Smith or a Golden Delicious or two every day could cut your risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 40%!  And you only need to eat 150g — an apple and a half — to get the maximum benefits.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke are the leading causes of death worldwide, but eating antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables help combat harmful but naturally occurring free radicals which may contribute to heart disease.

The study included 451,681 participants without CVD and who were not taking medication for high blood pressure. Some 18% of participants consumed fruit daily and 6.3% never ate any.

The average amount of fruit eaten by the daily consumers was 1.5 portions, around 150g in weight. The researchers found that compared to people who never ate fruit, those who ate fruit daily cut their CVD risks by 25-40%.  As the frequency of fruit consumption went up, the risk of CVD went down. The researchers also found that people who consumed fruit more often had significantly lower blood pressure (BP).

The findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting in Barcelona, Spain, in September.