Anyone who believed that eating vegetables helped prevent cardiovascular disease needs to rethink, according to a recent study from the University of Oxford. The researchers – as reported Daily mail – examined the data from 400,000 Brits with a mean age of 56 years, monitored for 12 years. During that time, 18,000 people suffered serious heart problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Participants were asked how many vegetables they eat each day. And the data that came out was then compared to heart disease rates.
What was the result? Overall, the group that ate the most raw vegetables had only 15% less likely to suffer from heart disease than those who eat less. While no difference was found for cooked vegetables. When other factors such as wealth and lifestyle were then taken into account, the benefit the group gained from eating raw vegetables reduced to zero.
The links between vegetable consumption and heart health, according to experts, are only because those who eat lots of vegetables tend to healthier in other aspects of life too. Despite this surprising result, Dr. Ben Lacey, study co-author: “Eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight remain an important part of maintaining good health and reducing the risk of serious diseases, including some types of cancer.”