Eating A Banana Or An Apple Could Cut Your Risk Of Dying From Heart Disease By One Third

By on October 9, 2017

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from Oxford University tracked the dietary habits of half-a-million adults to reveal the benefit that consuming just a portion of fruit daily can have on your heart health.
They discovered that just 100gm of a portion of a fruit like an apple or a banana a day can cut the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease by one third!

The more fruit they ate the more likely they were to die from a heart attack. The only caveat was that the fruit had to be taken fresh; adding it to concoctions such as a smoothie reduces its benefits.

What this essentially means is that the effect of having a fruit in this manner is as effective as taking a statin, since statins also lower the chance of a heart attack by one third.

While the soluble fibres and certain compounds such as pectins in apple have shown to lower cholesterol levels, the potassium in bananas protects you from hardening or stiffening of your arteries (arteriosclerosis).
Now, that doesn’t mean that you should be swapping statins for a piece of fruit, neither do the scientists from Oxford recommend doing so. It just means that increasing the presence of fruit our diets can save up millions of lives every year, by giving people at risk of developing heart ailments a boost.

Zhengming Chen, Professor of Epidemiology at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, Oxford University, states that this is the largest study to be carried out on the subject.
He also states that consuming fresh fruit may affect the gut bacteria in a way that processed fruits cannot. And so the take-home message is to aim to stick to consuming fresh fruit over any other form to reap its heart-healthy benefits.

The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine and was conducted over a seven-year period in China.

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