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August 2013 Issue

Eat Well, Live Long

The foods you choose—fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish—can help you fend off life-shortening diseases and conditions.

We aim to eat right for optimal health and to ward off debilitating, chronic diseases that can shorten our lifespan. Indeed, heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes are among the leading causes of death in the U.S., and diet can play a central role in promoting or preventing these diseases. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Given the recent press highlighting the science-based benefits of vegetarian and Mediterranean diets, including decreased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers, it should come as no surprise that eating patterns abundant in plant foods, like fruits and vegetables, offer the best dietary defense against chronic disease and premature death.

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