Instant Index: Two Apples a Day May Keep Strokes Away

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Two Apples a Day May Keep Strokes Away When it comes to strokes, the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" might be half true. A new review of 20 studies suggests that eating 200 grams of fruit a day - the equivalent of two small apples - can cut your stroke risk by almost a third. Your stroke risk drops 11 percent with every 200 grams of vegetables consumed daily, according to the study, published today in the journal Stroke. "A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is highly recommended because it meets micronutrient and macronutrient and fiber requirements without adding substantially to overall energy requirements," study author Dr. Yan Qu of Qingdao Municipal Hospital in China said in a statement. In particular, Yan told ABC News, "citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, apples and pears" seem to be linked to a lower risk of stroke. The findings held up even when the researchers accounted for other factors like smoking, alcohol, high blood pressure, physical activity and body mass index.

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