New studies show that eating fruits and vegetables, among other health benefits, may decrease risks of heart disease.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from individuals between the ages of 40 and 85. The data was gathered from a nutrition study, and each person was followed for more than 8 years.
The research in this study can be found in the European Heart Journal.
When analyzing data from the study, researchers found individuals who consume eight or more portions of fruit and vegetables each day notice 22 percent decreased risk of developing heart disease when compared to those who eat just two portions or less. For the study, a portion size was comparable to a regular-sized apple.
Researchers explained that benefits are still to be had when consuming less than eight portions, however. For each portion consumed, individuals experienced about a 4 percent risk decrease.
While the study may be promising, researchers are still skeptical about the results as there may be more to the equation than just fruits and vegetables. Diet and lifestyle choices largely affect heart disease risks as well.