Researchers at a Chinese university have concluded that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables could significantly reduce our risk of stroke.
In the study, published in the journal Stroke, the authors noted that low fruit and veg consumption is common worldwide, and especially in low and middle-income countries. The World Health Organisation says raising consumption of fruit and veg to 600g each day – around seven and a half portions – could reduce the stroke burden by 19 per cent around the globe. An estimated 152,000 strokes occur in the UK every year and 1.1 million people live with the after-effects. More than half of survivors are left dependent on others for everyday activities.
Dr Madina Kara, Neuroscientist at the Stroke Association, said: “It’s no surprise that a healthy diet is good for us. This research confirms that eating more fruit and vegetables can significantly reduce your risk stroke, whatever part of the world you live in. Everyone can take steps to lower their stroke risk with simple lifestyle changes, like eating a balanced diet, taking regular exercise and stopping smoking.”