March 13th, 2012

Dr Art Hister – Yet another reason to eat your veggies

The good news is that you can lower your risk of stroke.

The bad news, at least for some of you, is that you have to eat your veggies.

A study (published in the journal Stroke: Journal of the American Medical Association) involving over 30,000 Swedish women, some of whom had pre-existing cardiovascular disease, found that those who ate the best diet in terms of anti-oxidant intake had a significantly lower risk of stroke than women who ate a poorer diet, which is no surprise, of course.

But what is a bit of a surprise is that the women eating an anti-oxidant-rich diet had a lower risk of stroke even if they had a history of heart disease.

In other words, and this should be no surprise, the people who likely gain the most from starting to follow a healthy health practice, which in this case is to eat your veggies, are also likely to gain the most from making that change.

Which doesn’t mean, of course, that those of us who are already doing the right things don’t have to emphasize doing them as much – it’s just that we start from a better place in that dash to live longer and healthier, so we don’t have nearly as much to gain from improving what we are already doing.

One thought on “Dr Art Hister – Yet another reason to eat your veggies

  1. Unknown says:

    How is that we are finding these things out now? Our parents ate healthy, they ate what they produced as farmers, most people in the not so distant history were farmers. I suggest that we all go back to basics and we'll be better off for it. I moved to North America from Europe but never adopted North American way of eating, I still follow the cuisine I was introduced to by my mother, bless her soul!

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