Do you know what the 4th leading
cause of death is in the U.S.? Stroke. And of course, as you would suspect, it
is a leading cause of disability.
A review of previous research – 20 worldwide
studies spanning 19 years of >760,000 adults - shows that eating more fruits
and vegetables protects people from having a stroke. That is hopeful news for
folks, especially if you have high blood pressure which is a significant risk
for having a stroke.
How much produce should we be eating? LOTS!!!! 3-4 Fruits and 4+ Vegetables.
Fruits and Vegetables at Breakfast:
Add fresh diced fruit
into hot cereal (apples, pears, etc.).
Add berries to cold cereal.
vegetables before adding into an egg omelet.
Fruits and Vegetables at Lunch:
Now, it seems simple to eat more fruits and
vegetables but the truth is that most Americans are not too strong in this
department. I think that you will need to make them a priority each and every
day. Get them in before other foods.
Need a snack – think of fruits. Pack them up for your workday so that
you are not without.
Every Monday I bring in a bag of small apples,
and then fill in each day with other seasonal fruits. And I think of my dinner
menu based on the vegetables that I plan to serve- and I really try for half of
my plate filled with non-starchy vegetables. Fruit and vegetables before all