Raw fruits and vegetables may lessen chance of heart disease

Raw vegetables and fruits may ward off heart diseaseCardiovascular disease is something that many seniors and baby boomers fear. This fear is magnified when there is a lengthy family history of the disease. However, a recent study conducted by researchers from McGill University and McMaster University found that a diet with a large quantity of raw vegetables and fruits may help ward of the disease.

The researchers found that those who have a genetic risk for heart disease have a certain number of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in the Chromosome 9p21 region. By consuming a diet of foods such as carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, peppers, bananas and other raw vegetables and fruit may lessen the number of SNPs, which also lessens a person's chance of developing the disease.

Baby boomers who have cardiovascular disease in their family history may want to start consuming a diet with plenty of raw fruits and vegetables, as it may help them avoid or at least ward off the disease and allow the retiree to enjoy an active lifestyle during their golden years.