A large study carried out in China has found that people who eat the most vegetables have lower mortality rates, especially from heart disease, with the strongest protective benefits linked to intake of cruciferous vegetables (inducing broccoli, kale, cauliflower and cabbage). The analysis included 134,796 Chinese adults who participated in two cohort studies. Overall, fruit and vegetable intake was inversely associated with risk of total mortality in both women and men, and a dose-response pattern was particularly evident for cruciferous vegetable intake. People whose daily diets included the most vegetables were 15% less likely to have died during the 5-year study period and the risk of dying was 22% lower in women who ate the most cruciferous vegetables compared with those who ate the least. Most of the decreased risk was due to a drop in cardiovascular disease. (Cruciferous vegetable consumption is associated with a reduced risk of total and cardiovascular disease mortality. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Jul;94(1):240-6).

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