Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrition – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. I think most of us know they are good for us. But did you know that they benefit your bones, too? Though their role is not fully understood, eating fruits and vegetables appears to improve bone health. In a study looking at hip fractures in older adults from both the US and Europe it was seen that those eating one or less serving of fruits and vegetables per day had a greater risk for hip fractures than those eating moderate amounts of fruits and vegetables. The researchers point out that older adults who consume no more than one severing of fruits and vegetables per day would benefit by increasing their intake. So, here is one more reason to eat your fruits and veggies!
Benetou, et. al. (2016) Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Hip Fracture Incidence in Older Men and Women: The CHANCES Project. The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, vol. 31, issue 9, pages 1743-1752. https://doi.org/10.1002/jbmr.2850 Retrieved from: https://asbmr.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jbmr.2850