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Study: Eating fruit daily could lower the risk of heart disease

New research suggests that eating fruit every day could reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 40 percent.

A new study by the European Society of Cardiology in the European Heart Journal found a strong connection between consuming fruit and having a healthy heart. The researchers looked at more than 451,680 participants over a seven-year period, asking the study's subjects to report their fruit consumption, whether that was never, monthly, one to three days a week, four to six days a week, or daily.

Compared with the respondents who reported never eating fruit, those who ate fruit daily decreased their risk of cardiovascular disease by 25 to 40 percent. You probably didn't need another reason to choose a healthy snack over junk food, but your heart is as good a reason as any to improve your diet.