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Juice blend can lower risk of heart disease, French study finds

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Researchers from France say a combination of grapes, apples, blueberries and strawberries provide a juice blend that can lower your risk of heart disease.

Grape juice makes up more than half of the formula, which also includes lesser known fruits such as lingonberries, acerola and aronia.

Scientists looked for a chemical called polyphenol in the fruit and the effect it had on pigs’ coronary arteries to help them find the right combination.

Tracy Parker, the British Heart Foundation’s health dietitian, said: “This research adds more weight to evidence that eating fruit and vegetables is good for us in terms of reducing our risk for heart disease. However, we still don’t fully understand why, or whether certain fruits and vegetables are better than others. Even this study acknowledges that scientists can’t yet explain any link. What we do know is that we should all eat a wide range of fruit and veg as part of a balanced diet, and fruit juice is a tasty and handy way of doing this.”

Tracy added: “Don’t forget though, juice contains less fibre and more sugar than the original fruit so it only counts as one of our five-a-day.”

The research was published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Food and Function.

Thanks to Simon Meadows and The Optemist