Health experts have warned that an increased use of heart-health products is putting patients at risk of heart disease.
A new study from the University of California-San Francisco found that while consumers were more likely to think of eating healthier foods, the majority of people who did choose to avoid them were more prone to a heart attack.
“People are not eating enough fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed foods,” said Jennifer Kuznick, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at UC-San Diego and lead author of the study, published in the journal Nutrients.
When it comes to heart health, the researchers found that the more people eat fruits and veggies, the less likely they are to develop heart disease – a trend they say is becoming more pronounced.
“The reason is that these foods are good for us,” Kuznik told ABC News.
“They’re very nutrient dense, and if you eat more fruits and more vegetables, you get more antioxidants and antioxidants in your blood, and you get a higher content of healthy fats.”
Kuznick and her colleagues wanted to understand how much people were consuming.
They measured people’s intake of fruits and other vegetables, vegetables, and dairy products by weighing them in their cups and measuring the volume of the liquids they consumed.
They then compared the amounts of each food in the cups and their daily intake for people aged 25 to 54.
While fruit consumption was linked to a reduced risk of developing heart disease in the older group, the effect was not statistically significant, the team found.
The team also looked at other health factors like smoking and physical activity.
They found that people who were not following a healthy lifestyle were at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and heart disease overall.
“We were very surprised by how much we were actually eating and how much of our intake was fruit and vegetables,” Kiznick said.
The findings highlight the importance of being aware of heart health and the health risks associated with unhealthy foods, she said.
“People think they’re not eating foods, they’re drinking a soda and eating a burger,” she said, “but when you look at the science, the amount of fruits, vegetables and dairy consumed is directly related to heart disease risk.
We have to eat fruits, and we have to have enough of it.
That’s the big message.”
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