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Apples And Pears Reduce Risk Of Strokes, New Study Finds

Apples, pears and bananas and other white fleshed fruit and vegetables, may reduce the risk of strokes, a new study in the Netherlands finds.

Apples, pears and bananas and other white fleshed fruit and vegetables, may reduce the risk of strokes, a new study in the Netherlands finds.

Most people are familiar with the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but a new study by researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands has data to back this up.

The researchers studied 20,000 adults over a ten year period, and found that those who ate more white fleshed fruit and vegetables had a lower risk of suffering a stroke over that period. White fleshed fruit include apples and pears as well as bananas.

Through their data the researchers found that for every 25 grams , a little under one ounce, of white fleshed fruit eaten each day, the risk of a stroke decreased by about nine per cent. Since an average apple or pear has a weight between 100 and 125 grams, it means that by eating one a day, the risk of a stroke could be reduced by 36 to 45 per cent.

Linda Oude Griep is the lead author of the study which is published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, and she said that “To prevent stroke, it may be useful to consume considerable amounts of white fruits and vegetables.” These fruits and vegetables contain quercetin which in other studies has been shown to reduce inflammation, which is also linked to cardiovascular disease and the hardening of the arteries.

However, the author also stresses that other fruits and vegetables of other colors should also be eaten as they too may have useful health benefits that help with some of the major diseases.

During the study, 233 people had strokes, and the researchers reported that for those patients who consumed a lot of the white fleshed fruits and vegetables, the risk of a stroke was 52 per cent lower than those whop did not eat these fruits and vegetables.

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