A healthy diet with plenty of servings of fruits and vegetables is sure good for health and preventing disease, but a new study points specifically to raw produce as a way to reduce the risk of heart disease.
The new study, which was published in the journal PLoS Medicine, specifically looked at raw foods' interaction on a genetic variant that significantly raises the risk of heart disease. Researchers found that by eating plenty of fruit and raw vegetables, the carrier's risk of heart disease is brought down to the same level as those without the faulty gene, according to ScienceDaily. The study looked at data from more than 27,000 people from various ethnic ancestries and is one of the largest gene-diet interaction studies done on cardiovascular disease.
This research is not only a good reminder to eat your greens but also negates the commonly held belief that you can't change your genes. Do you eat many raw foods? What are your favorite raw veggies to eat?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.