Daily intake of fruit, vegetables and pulses protects the heart and prolongs your life!
An international scientific team conducted a comprehensive study including 135,335 adults from 613 communities in 18 low-income, middle-income and high-income countries in seven different geographical regions: North America and Europe, South America, the Middle East, south Asia, China, southeast Asia and Africa. The study documented participants’ diets using detailed questionnaires which foods they ate and how frequently. It also examined their heart health and mortality over several years.
The results, perhaps predictably, revealed that higher fruit, vegetable and pulse intake was associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and premature death. This study is unique in profiling many different diets from communities all over the world and thus showing that a healthy plant-based diet works for everyone. Fruit, vegetables and pulses are cornerstones of a healthy vegan diet so it’s good news all around!
Miller V et al., 2017. Fruit, vegetable, and legume intake, and cardiovascular disease and deaths in 18 countries (PURE): a prospective cohort study. The Lancet. [Epub ahead of print] 28 August 2017.