East Europeans & Fruit & Vegetable Intake

Food, Happy FaceWhen the border between East and West Germany was opened in 1989, liberated easterners crossed over keenly searching for new fruits. For a time they were referred to as Bananenleute.

A recent survey across Poland, the Czech Republic, and Russia shows that even now consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables tends to fall the further east you go (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology 2015, doi:10.1177/2047487315582320).

The study also finds that fruit and vegetable intake is linked with reduced cardiovascular mortality in these populations, especially in those who smoke or have high blood pressure.

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