What you eat as a young adult may be as important as what you eat when you are older!
Young adults who ate more than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day were found to have healthier hearts 20 years later. Those who ate the most fruits and vegetables were 26% less likely to have calcified plaque in their arteries compared to those who ate the least.
PositiveTip: Do not wait until you are older to begin eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables!
Diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol all affect your health, but especially when combined.
Swiss researchers looked at the health risks of poor diet, irregular exercise, smoking and high alcohol consumption among 16,700 Swiss men and women. Smokers were most likely to die prematurely, but people with all four risk factors were 2.5 times more likely to die. However, people free of all risk factors could increase their life expectancy by up to 10 years.
PositiveTip: Invest in your future by fostering healthy habits now.
Simply adding fruit and vegetables to an excessive or unhealthy diet won't help you lose weight.
Fruit and vegetable consumption is a critical part of a healthy diet, and is often recommended for weight loss plans. However, a recent survey of weight loss literature found that simply increasing fruit and vegetable intake without restricting total calories or removing unhealthy foods from your diet had no effect on weight loss.
PositiveTip: To lose weight, change your plate - Push off fatty, sugary or processed foods, put on fruits and vegetables.
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can keep your arteries clean in later years
The American College of Cardiology reports that high consumption of fruits and vegetables as young adults predicts healthier arteries 20 years later. Females who ate 8-9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables for a 2000 calorie diet were 40% less likely to have calcified plaque in their arteries compared to those who only ate 3-4 servings per day.
PositiveTip: Start healthy habits now and have up to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day for optimal future blood vessel health.
Moms are right: Eat your fruits and veggies!
Consuming seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily reduced all-cause mortality, cancer and cardiovascular disease according to a large British study. The average consumption was just under four portions per day. It is not hard to eat seven servings as the standard portion size for most fruits and vegetables is one-half cup. This study also found that canned fruits are linked with increased mortality, possibly because of the high sugar content.
PositiveTip: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, mostly fresh, for a healthy life.
Fruit and vegetable consumption significantly lowers risk of bladder cancer in women.
Researchers in Hawaii have identified one more reason to eat lots of fruit and veggies. In their 12 year study of almost 186,000 multi-ethnic older adults, researchers found that bladder cancer risk was 65% lower amongst women who ate the most fruits and vegetables. Those with the highest intake of vitamins, A, C and E also had similar reduced risk of bladder cancer.
Positive Tip: For a healthy bladder, make fruits and vegetable intake a daily habit.
Exercise, diet and smoking can predict your risk of old-age disability
A 12 year study of 4000 seniors found that three unhealthy habits increase the risk of disability later in life. French researchers tracked seniors’ disability from 2001-2012 finding physical inactivity, poor diet and smoking each increase the risk of disability. In addition, the risk of disability increased progressively as unhealthy behaviors clustered. Seniors with ALL three risk factors were 2.5 times more at risk of disability than those who observed the three habits studied.
PositiveTip: Cultivate healthy choices now to extend your quality of life and independence later!
Study shows the more dietary antioxidants the lower the risk of stroke.
The higher the intake of antioxidants in Swedish women, the lower the chance of stroke. Women with no history of cardiovascular disease at baseline showed a 17% lower risk of stroke when they consumed the highest amounts antioxidant-rich foods compared with the lowest amounts. In women with cardiovascular disease, those consuming the most antioxidant foods experienced a 57% reduction in stroke risk compared to those eating the least.
PositiveTip: Fruits and vegetables are the richest source of dietary antioxidants. Consume plenty of them each day.