A BS claim.
The media release is below.
There is no study available. And the American Heart Association did not even want journalists to publish the abstract.
Why is this a BS claim? There was no actual scientific study of the effects of fruits and vegetables on longevity. The abstract reveals it’s just an exercise in statistical malpractice based on unverified assumptions about the health effects fruit/vegetable consumption. Fruit and vegetable consumption are possibly an indicator of wealth, which is definitely linked with longevity.
Fruits and vegetables are great and can have nutritional value, depending on what you eat and how you eat it. But the notion that the public health will improve if people just generally consume more fruits and vegetable without regard to need is without scientific basis.
Lack of fruits and vegetables increases global heart disease burden
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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
PORTLAND, Oregon, March 7, 2017– Globally, increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables could save millions of years lost to disability and premature death from heart disease, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions.
Researchers used nutritional surveys and consumer expenditure surveys as well as data from previous studies on the impact of low fruit and vegetable consumption on the risk of heart disease to calculate the number of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) – healthy years lost to heart-disease-related disability or death – for 195 countries. Overall, they found that, in 2015:
Low intake of fruits accounted for 57.3 million DALYs;
Low intake of vegetables accounted for 44.6 million DALYs;
The burden of heart disease attributed to limited fruit intake was lowest in Rwanda (5.1percent) and highest in Bangladesh (23.2 percent);
The burden of heart disease attributed to limited vegetable intake was lowest in North Korea (5.9 percent) and highest in Mongolia (19.4percent).
Countries with the highest level of socio-economic development had the lowest burden of heart disease attributed to low fruit and vegetable consumption.
The researchers conclude that population-based interventions to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables could lead to millions more years of healthy life worldwide.
Patrick J. Sur, M.P.H. Candidate, University of Washington, Seattle Washington.