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CVD, known as Cardiovascular disease – a general condition used to describe diseases affecting the heart or blood vessels – is the leading cause of diseases and death around the world.

Serious cardiovascular events are the primary nemesis of longevity, but the good news is that they are avoidable. Even small dietary changes can reduce your risk of a serious cardiovascular event, like a heart attack, according to a new study published in the journal Nutrients.

The study found that adding strawberries to diets could enhance cardio-metabolic risk factors in adults, who are obese or have high “bad” cholesterol.

Cardiometabolic risk can indicate the likelihood of having a cardiovascular event like a heart attack or stroke when one or more risk factors are present.

In the randomized controlled trial, 33 adults (average age 53 years) were given a controlled quantity of strawberry powder per day in four-week phases – equivalent to a single serving or two and a half servings of strawberries each.

Then volunteers were asked to take their usual lifestyles but refrain from eating any other berries.

It found that the equivalent to two-and-a-half daily servings of strawberries significantly improved cardiometabolic risks in this ‘at risk’ population group when compared to the control group – mainly by improving insulin resistance and lipid particle profiles.

According to Dr Emma Derbyshire, a Public Health Nutritionist:

These are really interesting findings. Around 7.6 million people in the UK are currently living with heart and circulatory diseases.

We know that healthy living, which includes healthy eating, can help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, prevent weight gain and lower diabetes risk.

Dr Derbyshire further explained:

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is important for health, and this is another indication that eating berries, as part of that, could be a good option for many people.

We know that we should be aiming for about five portions of fruit and vegetables daily…… a portion of small-sized fresh fruit is equivalent to about seven strawberries.

Therefore, adding strawberries as a breakfast topper, eating them as a snack in between meals, or serving with natural yoghurt as a dessert could all contribute to daily fruit servings and the health benefits they offer.

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