A recent study reports that men who eat a lot of vegetables have a significantly lower risk of cognitive decline. Harvard researchers tracked 28,000 men for two decades, then measured their memory and reasoning skills when they were in their 70s. Those with the highest levels of vegetable consumption (defined as nearly six servings daily) showed the least cognitive decline. Fruit intake did not demonstrate the same benefits, although drinking orange juice did. However, the researchers recommended limiting orange juice consumption due to its high calorie and sugar content.
- Researchers of the Harvard T.H. School of Public Health took on a the task of understanding the long-term effects of vegetable consumption.
- The mandate required the following of nearly 30,000 men for twenty years, beginning on average in the fifth decade of the subject’s lives.
- The goal of the data-gathering was to assess the diet of the subject’s as it related to their cognitive function in their senior years.
“A study published in the journal Neurology reports that men who eat plenty of vegetables have a more than 30 percent lower risk of cognitive decline later in life.”