There’s been plenty of ink spilled on the virtues of oriental eating habits when compared to western dietary habits. Recently, Time Magazine raised the question, “Can Eating Fruits and Veggies Outwit Bad Heart Genes?” Tofu, leafy vegetables, low sugar and soy sauce have the presumed upper hand over meat, eggs, fried and salty dishes and dessert. Now a newly published study led by Canadian researchers has arrived at an unequivocal conclusion: inherited risk of heart disease “appears to be modified by a prudent diet high in raw vegetables and fruits.”

The scientists surveyed tens of thousands of people with a genetic disposition toward heart disease in 52 countries and grouped them into three diet groups: western, oriental and prudent, which featured a large intake of raw fruits and vegetables. They concluded that those who practiced a prudent diet were able to counteract the effects of their genetic heart risk factors. The oriental diet did not perform a similar feat for the subjects under study. Those of you abroad with a family history of heart disease can take some comfort in a scientifically-grounded dietary strategy: the French call it “crudite”. 

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About The Author

Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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