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Extra Fruit, Vegetables in Your Diet May Reduce Stroke Risk

Thu, 08 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study shows that eating an extra apple a day could help keep more than just the doctor away.

A review of the last 20 studies on diet and strokes, published in the journal Stroke, found that stroke risk drops by 32 percent with every additional 200 grams of fruit a person eats per day. For every additional 200 grams of vegetables, a person can also lower their risk of stroke by 11 percent.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death -- and a leading cause of disability -- in the United States.

Chinese researchers delved into previously completed studies and determined that the positive impact of eating more fruits and vegetables were consistent in both men and women. Additionally, eating more fruits and vegetables showed a "dose-response relationship," meaning that the more of them a person ate, the lower their risk of stroke would drop.

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