To The Editor:
A study of 16,000 people in 52 countries in the current issue of “Circulation” found that eating meat, fried foods, and salty snacks raised the risk of a heart attack by 35 percent. Conversely, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables reduced the risk of a heart attack by 30 percent.
Again, a 24-year study of 88,517 female nurses in the April 14 issue of “Archives of Internal Medicine” found that those who ate lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based protein were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, and 18 percent less likely to have a stroke, than those addicted to a more typical American diet.
With the cost of medical care becoming a national crisis, it’s high time for each of us to assume more responsibility for our own and our family’s health by becoming more selective with our food dollars.