Fruits and Vegetables Can Alter Gene Linked to Heart Disease
By Charmaine Gooden
Eating a generous amount of fresh fruits and vegetables has an effect on genes linked to heart disease, says a new study from Canada’s McMaster and McGill universities. The findings, reported in the online journal Public Library of Science Medicine, shows that eating healthy foods appears to modify the genetic codes of the 9p21 gene, known to increase heart disease risk
The researchers theorize that vegetables, fruits and berries, with all of the good things they contain in them, somehow modifies the expression of this particular gene. This study challenges the long-held mantra that you can’t change your family, the genes they pass on, or the effect of these genes. A good rule is to try to eat a wide variety of colourful–red, yellow, blue and green–fruits and vegetables each day.