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White-Flesh Fruits & Veggies

Friday, September 30th, 2011 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Take a moment to consider this question: What are your favorite fresh foods? Researchers stress the importance of enjoying a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including those with edible sections that are red, purple, green, orange, yellow or white. So, do keep eating colorfully! However, Dutch researchers have discovered that fruits and veggies whose flesh is white may be value-added in terms of lowering one’s risk for stroke, as reported by the NIH publication MedlinePlus.

The Dutch study looked at food-frequency data collected from more than 20,000 participants, ages 20 through 65, who did not have signs of heart disease at the start of the project. During a 10-year follow-up period, 233 of the participants experienced a stroke.

Plant foods were categorized into four major color groupings:

  • Red/purple;
  • Green;
  • Orange/yellow; and
  • White.
  • The only category associated with significantly lower stroke risk was the white fruits and vegetables group. It included:

  • Apples;
  • Apple sauce and apple juice;
  • Pears;
  • Bananas;
  • Cucumbers;
  • Cauliflower;
  • Mushrooms; and
  • Chicory.
  • For every 25 grams of white-flesh fruits and veggies eaten per day, there was a nine percent reduction in stroke risk. Compared to the study’s participants who ate very few white fruits and vegetables, those with a high intake had a 52 percent lower risk of stroke incidence.

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