We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables is part of a healthy diet. Research now shows that these healthy foods also appear to decrease our risk of heart disease by actually modifying our genetic code.(1) A comprehensive diet and gene heart study published October 2011 in PLoS Medicine recently concluded that people with high-risk gene mutations who ate at least two servings of raw fruits ,vegetables and berries each day had a similar risk of heart disease as those with low-risk versions of the gene.
"Our research suggests there may be an important interplay between genes and diet in cardiovascular disease. Future research is necessary to understand the mechanism of this interaction, which will shed light on the underlying metabolic processes that the 9p21 gene is involved in." Lead author, Dr. Ron Do
10 Easy Ways to Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet
Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet is easy with a little planning. Here are 10 tips I use every day that help my whole family eat better:
Do you eat 5 or more more fruits and vegetables everyday? Share some tips that you use to increase the number of servings of these colorful and flavorful foods. I'll pass your tips on to my readers. :~)
1. PLoS Med. 2011 Oct;8(10):e1001106. Epub 2011 Oct 11. The effect of chromosome 9p21 variants on cardiovascular disease may be modified by dietary intake: evidence from a case/control and a prospective study.Do R, Xie C, Zhang X, Männistö S, Harald K, Islam S, Bailey SD, Rangarajan S,
McQueen MJ, Diaz R, Lisheng L, Wang X, Silander K, Peltonen L, Yusuf S, Salomaa V, Engert JC, Anand SS; INTERHEART investigators.
Robin Thomas spent 22 years in medical research at the University of North Carolina focusing the last 7 years on the inflammatory process of chronic degenerative diseases. In 2004 she left the laboratory to start her own health and wellness business. Both her experience working with participants of clinical studies and caring for a child with multiple health challenges has given Robin a passion for helping others improve their own health. Robin shares informative articles about new research discoveries in nutritional medicine and adopting lifestyle changes aligned with a healthful and passionate life at her blog, http://robinthomas.biz