The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition has published a paper on heart health. Researchers indicate that those who eat at least 8 servings of fruits and vegetables each day are 22% less likely to die of heart disease. A “serving” is equal to a small banana, a medium apple, or a small carrot.
One theory is that the antioxidant micronutrients in fruits and veggies reduce the oxidative damage that causes hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis. At the same time, it is important not just to take antioxidant supplements but to eat the whole food as other compounds in fruits and vegetables also may protect the heart.