According to a new Dutch study, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables with white flesh, such as apples and pears, can protect you against stroke. The study reveals a link between stroke risk and fruits and vegetables of certain colors.
Researchers examined the eating habits of 20,000 adults with an average age of 41, all of whom were free of cardiovascular diseases at the study's start. Over the next 10 years, the risk of stroke was 52 percent lower for people with a high intake of white fruits and vegetables, compared with people who ate few foods in that color group.
Apples and pears may lower stroke risk because they are high in dietary fiber and an antioxidant flavonoid called quercetin. Other foods classified in the white category were bananas, cauliflower, and cucumbers. "Other fruits and vegetable color groups may protect against other chronic diseases," explained lead study author Oude Griep.
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