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Fruits & Vegetables Again!
Lifestyle & Wellness

Fruits & Vegetables Again!

We know that eating fruits and vegetables is beneficial for people in Europe and the United States as most population studies were conducted with these people. What about the Asians? Can we translate the results from other populations to the Asian population?

A recent report evaluated the association of fruit and vegetable intake with all-cause, cancer, cardiovascular, and respiratory disease mortality in a Japanese cohort of 94,658 participants (mean age; 56.4 ± 7.8 years, male; 46.0%). Fruit and vegetable intake was found to be nonlinearly and significantly associated with lower all-cause mortality. Fruit intake was significantly associated with lower cardiovascular mortality. Higher intake of fruits and vegetables was nonlinearly associated with decreased all-cause mortality. 

It seems that dietary recommendation to increase fruit and vegetable intake applies to Asians and Westerners. 


[1] Sahashi, Yuki, Goto, Atsushi, Takachi, Ribeka, Ishihara, Junko, Kito, Kumiko, Kanehara, Rieko, Yamaji, Taiki, Iwasaki, Motoki, Inoue, Manami, Shoichiro, Tsugane & Sawada, Norie. 2022. Inverse Association between Fruit and Vegetable Intake and All-Cause Mortality: Japan Public Health Center-Based Prospective Study. The Journal of Nutrition doi: 10.1093/jn/nxac136.

Posted by Dr. Loke Wai Mun