Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables over eight weeks can lower your risk for heart problems, including heart damage and heart strain. Adult participants in this study followed three different diets to compare the effects of nutrition on their hearts. One group ate a lot of fruits and vegetables in addition to a typical American diet, another group followed the DASH Diet, and the last group ate a standard American diet. The DASH Diet (“Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”) includes fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, fiber and very little saturated fat and cholesterol. The first two groups that ate lots of fruits and vegetables in their diets were the ones whose markers for heart damage lowered compared to the standard American diet group. Increasing fruits and vegetables in our diets can help keep our hearts healthy and prevent heart problems and disease.
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