Can you believe that millions of deaths may be tied to not eating enough fruits and vegetables?

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New research finds that inadequate intake produce may make up for 2.8 million deaths annually.

I will now put on my mother hat and tell you this: Eat your fruits and vegetables.

Here’s why. A new study finds that inadequate intake of produce may make up for 2.8 million deaths, globally, from heart condition and strokes annually. The researchers concluded that low fruit intake resulted in 1.8 million cardiovascular deaths in twenty ten. I believe that not eating enough vegetables resulted in 2 million deaths.” Fruits and vegetables certainly are a modifiable factor of diet that can impact preventable deaths globally,” said lead study author Victoria Miller, a postdoctoral researcher along at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. “Our findings indicate the call for population-based efforts to increase fruit and vegetable consumption through the entire world.”

The researchers used data from 2010 and found:

  • Suboptimal fruit consumption generated in nearly 1.3 million deaths from stroke and even more than 520,000 deaths from the disease of the coronary artery.
  • Suboptimal vegetable consumption brought about around 200,000 deaths from stroke and more than 800,000 deaths from the condition of the coronary artery.

For the study, the researchers used dietary guidelines and studies of cardiovascular risk factors to come up with a fruit and vegetable standards, they defined:

Optimal fruit intake: 300 grams per day, equivalent to roughly two small apples. 
Optimal intake of vegetables: Including legumes, 400 grams per day, equivalent to about three cups of raw carrots.

The data they used came from 113 countries, comprising around 82 percent of the world’s population.

Countries in South Asia, East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa had low fruit intake and high rates of associated stroke deaths. Countries in Central Asia and Oceania had low vegetable intake and high rates of associated coronary heart disease.

The maps below show the percentage of cardiovascular deaths (CVD) attributable to suboptimal vegetable and fruit intake in countries around the world.

fruit map

Global Dietary Database 2010/Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University/CC BY 4.0

vegetable map

Global Dietary Database 2010/Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University/CC BY 4.0

Perhaps the United States, with all of our relative abundance and free natural resources, did not fare that well. Inside the U.S., avoiding food enough vegetables defined 82,000 cardiovascular deaths while suboptimal fruit was linked to 57,000 deaths regarding the year.

Reference

Millions of deaths tied to not eating enough fruits and vegetables.https://www.treehugger.com/health/millions-cardiovascular-deaths-attributed-not-eating-enough-fruits-and-vegetables.html

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