Eating lots of white fleshed fruit such as apples and pears may significantly reduce the risk of stroke. A new study done by Dutch researchers looked at 20,069 people between the ages of 20-65 and what they consumed over a one year period. During the 10 years of follow up, 233 people had strokes. The researchers say the risk of stroke was 52% lower for people who ate a lot of white fleshed fruits and vegetables, compared to those who didn't. A 25-gram daily increase of white fruits and vegetables was associated with a 9% lower risk of stroke. With an apple weighing in at about 120 grams, just imagine what the protective properties will be!
With it now being Fall season there is no better time to get the best apples in a ton of varieties, check out your local Farmer's Market, Trader Joe's or Whole Foods for organic varieties.
Sources: News Release, American Heart Association.
Griep, L. Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Wersching, H. Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association