Sunday, September 18, 2011


ARE BEST AT FIGHTING STROKE RISK, STUDY - Eating lots of white-fleshed fruit such as apples and pears may significantly reduce the risk of stroke.  In a new study, Dutch researchers set out to determine a possible link between stroke risk and eating fruits and vegetables of various colors. They took a look at self-reported information from 20,069 people between ages 20 and 65 of what they ate over a one-year period.  The researchers say the risk of stroke was 52% lower for people who ate a lot of white-fleshed fruits and vegetables, compared to those who didn’t.  The researchers found that each 25-gram daily increase of white fruits and vegetables was associated with a 9% lower risk of stroke. To put that in context, a single apple is about 120 grams.

“To prevent stroke, it may be useful to consume considerable amounts of white fruits and vegetables,” Linda M. Oude Griep, MSc, of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, says in a news release.  She says an apple a day “is an easy way to increase white fruits and vegetable intake,” but because other fruits and vegetable color groups also protect against chronic diseases, it’s important to eat a lot of different fruits and vegetables.  Foods in the white category also include bananas, cauliflower, chicory, and cucumbers. Potatoes were classified as a starch.  The color of the edible portions of fruits and vegetables reflects the presence of beneficial phytochemicals (plant compounds), such as carotenoids and flavonoids.

It is a well known saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.  Now Dutch researchers said that a new study suggests that eating additional servings of fruit may reduce one’s risk of stroke.  Eating white-fleshed fruits like apples and pears was associated with a significant dip in stroke risk.  Other fruits and vegetable color groups may protect against other chronic diseases. Therefore, it remains of importance to consume a lot of fruits and vegetables, because they purify the blood and remove toxins from the body.

Fruits are refreshing and digestive. They contain lots of fibre and essential sugars.  In general, fruits are very sweet (madhura) or acidic (amla), some are slightly bitter (tikta) and rarely astringent (kasaya) - only in premature condition - and virtually there are no spicy (katu) or saline (lavana) fruit.  Normally, fruits, rise, remove the density or subtilize the mind.  Ayurveda says that if a man survives by eating only fruits, he will have a sattvic disposition towards the mode of goodness.  Ayurveda advises us a vegetarian diet properly balanced and varied between raw and cooked; considering, of course, the recommended prescriptions.  Fruits play a very important role in our nutrition. The best properties are obtained from fresh fruit, although if you cook them it is also possible to obtain many of its active principles.

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