New research has found that fresh fruit consumption is associated with lower risks of stroke and heart attacks. These findings came from multiple annual studies that examined about 500,000 Chinese adults. Participants were chosen on the basis that they did not have a history of anti-hypertensive treatments or heart disease prior to partaking in the study.
The findings showed that a 100-gram portion of fruit each day was associated with a reduction of cardiovascular deaths by 33%. This link was similar in both men and women. The study compared participants who rarely consumed fresh fruit. Participants who ate fruit daily had lower blood glucose levels and lower systolic blood pressure.
These findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on April 7, 2016.