Eating more fruit and veg in youth linked to healthy heart decades later

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Eating more fruit and veg in youth linked to healthy heart decades later

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Consuming more fruits and vegetables as a young adult could keep you free of heart disease 20 years later, say researchers.

The findings, reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation​, found that eating more fruits and vegetables as young adults was associated with less calcified coronary artery plaque 20 years later.

Led by Dr Michael Miedema from the Minneapolis Heart Institute, the research team divided data from more than 2,500 people into three groups, based on their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables – finding that people who ate the most fruit and vegetable at the study's start had 26% lower odds of developing calcified plaque 20 years later, compared to those who ate the least amount of fruits and vegetables.

"People shouldn't assume that they can wait until they're older to eat healthy - our study suggests that what you eat as a young adult may be as important as what you eat as an older adult,"​ said Miedema.

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