According to the study (the findings of which were published in the Plos Medicine journal), eating five or more portions of raw vegetables each day should be enough to counteract the effects of a gene on chromosome 9.
The researchers studied over 27,000 individuals from all around the globe, including Europe, China and Latin America.
The results of the study showed that individuals with high risk 9p21 genes who ate a diet very rich in raw vegetables and fruit, had a comparable risk of a heart attack to those who had a low factor version of the same gene.
Though it’s clear from the study that raw vegetables do have a positive effect, more conclusive evidence is needed and a wider scale study will need to be undertaken in order to cement the findings. In addition, scientists remain unsure of what it is in the vegetables that result in this effect, and scientists now need to establish why it is diet may have this effect on our genes.
According to Judy O’Sullivan of the British Heart Foundation, despite us not having all the answers yet, what we should take from this study is the fact that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good news for heart health.
View the original BBC News article here.