Another Reason to Eat A Piece of Fruit Today

Fruits for weight loss

Fruits and vegetables are known to be beneficial to our health. So why aren’t we eating more of them?

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Did you know that more than three-fourths of the total US population do not get in the recommended servings of fruit each day? We all know that fruit is good for us, plus the number of required servings isn’t really that much! A new study from China gives us even more reason to push to reach the daily recommendation each and every day.

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing have found that eating fresh fruit daily may help prevent heart attacks and strokes. In fact, the adults studied who incorporated fruit into their daily diet had about a one-third reduced risk of dying of cardiovascular incidents over those who rarely or never ate fruit.

Fruit eaters most often had lower blood pressure and blood sugar, which may account for the reduced risk, says lead researcher Dr. Liming Li.

"Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of avoidable and premature death globally," said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that US adults eat about 2 cups of fruit per day. Here are some easy suggestions for eating more fruit today:

• Add fresh fruit to your morning cereal
• Top an English muffin with Low-fat ricotta cheese with sliced banana + honey
• Pancakes: add grated apple or sliced banana to the mix before cooking. You can top with more fresh fruit instead of syrup
• Add dried fruit to rice or couscous
• Add fruits such as berries, chopped apple or pear, mandarin oranges, etc to a green salad
• Make a fruit salad: Mix your favorite fruits together and eat plain, or with yogurt
• Frozen fruit: Grapes, berries, oranges and bananas are great frozen.
• Fruit skewers: Cut fresh fruit up, then thread onto a skewer
• Smoothies: Blend fruit with milk, yogurt and ice
• Eat fruit for dessert
• Keep washed fruit on hand and visible so you can grab and go

Journal Reference: New England Journal of Medicine, April 7, 2016

Additional Resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Adults Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Recommendations — United States, Published July 10, 2015 / 64(26);709-713

Photo Credit: Photo by Daderot. - First uploaded to en:wiki on 5 Apr 2005., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=193219

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