Study Finds Diet Can Impact Even High-Risk Heart Patients -

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Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may help you beat the odds of developing heart disease even if you've inherited genes for the condition,  according to a new study out of McGill University in Montreal. 

Researchers looked at the diets of more than 27,000 people - from varied ethnic backgrounds  -  enrolled in 2 large heart studies.   

They found that when people who had inherited a common gene that increases heart attack risk,  ate  plenty of raw vegetables, fruits and berries, they had fewer heart attacks. 

Researchers say a diet high in these healthy foods seems to modify or repress the effects of the "bad" heart gene reducing the risk of heart trouble, and bringing it down to more healthy levels. 

The researchers didn't investigate which fruits and vegetables were responsible for lowering the risk of heart attack,  but suggest that we all consume healthy amounts of these foods. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that most women eat 1 and a half cups of fruit and 2 and a half cups of vegetables each day.  Men are encouraged to eat slightly more at 2 cups of fruit and 3 of veggies.     

(Ninette Sosa for CNN's Health Minute)

13 Oct, 2011

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