A Healthy Diet in Early Adulthood Yields Big Dividends Later

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…

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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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You Won’t Lose Weight with Veggies on a Side Plate

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…

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Eat to Prevent Atherosclerosis

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…

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Longevity Linked to Plant-rich Diets

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…

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Simple Way to Reduce Risk For Bladder Cancer

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…

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3 Key Risks for 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…

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Dietary Antioxidants Appear to Cut Stroke Risk

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…

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