Eating more fresh fruit could cut your risk of heart disease and stroke according to a new study.
Researchers studied data from almost half a million patients in China with no prior history of cardiovascular disease to find out how their level of fruit consumption affected their heart health.
The findings showed the more fruit participants ate, the lower their blood pressure and the less likely they were to develop heart disease or suffer an ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke.
The research was conducted in collaboration with the Clinical Trial Services Unit at the University of Oxford, which is part funded by the British Heart Foundation.
Tracy Parker, our Heart Health Dietician, said: “This study adds to the growing body of evidence that shows the more fruit and vegetables we eat the better our heart health.
"Even eating just one more portion a day helped lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, which should give us all that extra incentive.
“This research only looked at the benefits of fresh fruit, but if you’re struggling to meet your five a day, remember fresh, frozen, dried or tinned in juice all count.
"Try adding fresh fruit to your cereal, keeping an apple in your bag for a snack on the go, or having tinned fruit in juice for dessert for quick and easy ways to up your intake.”