Frequent Consumption of Fruit Improves Female Fertility

Women who ate fruit less than 3 times per day, when compared to those who consumed 3 or more servings, had a significantly increased risk of infertility. This retrospective study from Australia also found women who consumed no fast food had a 41% reduced risk of infertility. Interestingly, consumption of green leafy vegetables seemingly had no…

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Fresh Fruit Daily Lowers Cardiovascular Risk

Researchers in China followed almost a half-million people for seven years finding when they consumed more fresh fruit they had lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Cardiovascular deaths were 40% lower in those who consumed fresh fruit daily compared to those who never or rarely did. Because the Chinese typically eat little fresh fruit, this…

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Do We Need to Fear Fruit Sugar?

Information from the Australian Health Survey reveals those with higher intakes of whole fruit were 12% less likely to be obese than those with lower intakes. Those with higher intakes of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and chocolate were 9% more likely to be obese. There is no need to fear fruit sugar, although chemically similar, the…

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Compounding Health Choices

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…

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Choose Whole Fruits Over Fruit Juices

Researchers analyzed the eating habits of 187,000 Americans. They found eating whole fruits significantly reduced the risk of type-2 diabetes, while exclusive fruit juice consumption may slightly increase your risk. The fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals in fruit may all contribute to reduced risk. Commercial juicing often strips out these components, leaving sweet liquids that can elevate…

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Whole Fruit Appears to Protect Against Diabetes

In a longitudinal observation study researchers found eating more fruit, especially apples, blueberries and grapes, lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. Each 3 additional servings of whole fruit reduced the diabetes risk by a significant 2%. However, the same amount of fruit juice actually raised the risk by 8%. Research is ongoing to determine…

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Fruits and Vegetables Affordable

The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that fruits and vegetables are often more economical than packaged snacks and side dishes. By analyzing 20 popular snack and 19 side dish items, half of which were fruits and vegetables, they found the average cost per serving of fruit or vegetables was $0.34 and the…

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Fast Food Risks in Kids

Eating fast foods three or more times per week is associated with a 70% higher risk of severe eczema and a 39% higher risk of asthma in teens, according to a recent multi-center, multi-country study. Even consumption of fast foods 1-2 times per week significantly increases the risk of wheezing and asthma in children. Interestingly,…

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Use Your Fork to Lower the Risk of Cancer

Have you ever wondered how you should eat to fight cancer? While no single food or component of food can guarantee you will not get cancer, evidence is strong that a diet composed of a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains may lower your risk for a good number of cancers. The American…

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Recipe for Weight Loss

More than 400 postmenopausal women were randomly assigend to two groups: either a "lifestyle change" group, which included group meetings with professionals, or a health education control group. After 48 months of follow-up, 57% of the women in the lifestyle change group and 29% of the controls had maintained at least 5 pounds of weight…

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