An apple a day does more than keep the dentist away. It reduces the risk of stroke by 9% for every 25 grams eaten per day!
Research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association showed those who ate more white-fleshed fruit and vegetables were less likely to suffer a stroke over 10 years.
In fact, the risk of stroke decreased by 9% for every 25 grams of white-fleshed fruit (that means pears too!) eaten per day. By this logic, since the average size of an apple or pear is 100 to 125 grams each, eating one a day decreases your risk of stroke up to 45%!
White-fleshed fruit specifically contains large amounts of a plant compound called quercetin which is known to reduce the inflammation that is linked to hardening arteries and cardiovascular disease.
Linda Oude Griep, the lead author of the study, believes that while eating white-fleshed fruit is an easy way to prevent stroke, it's important to consume all types of fruits and veggies, explaining:
"To prevent stroke, it may be useful to consume considerable amounts of white fruits and vegetables. For example, eating one apple a day is an easy way to increase white fruits and vegetable intake. However, other fruits and vegetable color groups may protect against other chronic diseases. Therefore, it remains of importance to consume a lot of fruits and vegetables."
In other studies, apples have been found to assist weight loss because of their high dietary fiber! All the more reason to start giving Granny Smith more business.
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