"Eat Your Vegetables!"

When Mom or Dad told you to eat up all your fruits and vegetables “because they're good for you,” they were right — although they may not have known all the reasons why. Now researchers conclude that a daily smorgasbord of fruits and vegetables can dramatically cut the risk of suffering a stroke.

An analysis of international studies involving 257,000 people found that those who ate more than five servings of fruit and vegetables a day had a 26 per cent reduced incidence of stroke, compared with those who ate fewer than three servings daily.

Individuals who consumed three to five servings cut their stroke risk by 11 per cent, said principal investigator Dr. Feng He, a cardiovascular research fellow at the St. George's University School of Medicine in London.

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