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Apple-a-day call for all over-50s
年過五十歲 每天應吃顆蘋果

Apples covered with snow are on sale in a market during a snow storm in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on Dec. 14 last year.
去年十二月十四日紐約市布魯克林區的一陣暴風雪,覆蓋一處市集上的蘋果。

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照片:法新社

If everyone over the age of 50 ate an apple a day, 8,500 deaths from heart attacks and strokes could be avoided every year in the UK, say researchers.

Apples would give a similar boost to cardiovascular health as medicines, yet carry none of the side-effects, the University of Oxford researchers say in the British Medical Journal.

Any fruit should work, but getting people to comply could be challenging.

More than two-thirds of adults do not eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, population surveys suggest. Although nine in 10 of us do manage to eat at least one portion a day, Adam Briggs and colleagues from the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group at Oxford University say we would all benefit from eating more.

By their calculations, if adults of all ages could manage to eat an extra portion of fruit or veggies a day, as many as 11,000 vascular deaths could be averted each year.

(Liberty Times)

研究人員說,如果五十歲以上的人每天吃一顆蘋果,英國每年可避免八千五百人因心臟病發與中風死亡。

牛津大學研究人員在《英國醫學期刊》說,蘋果會帶來類似藥物的效果,提高心血管健康,卻不會有藥物的副作用。

任何水果都可能有效,不過要讓人們遵守可能很具挑戰。

人口調查顯示,三分之二以上的成年人並未根據建議每天吃五種蔬果,而且雖然十分之九的人每天確實設法吃至少一份,但亞當‧布里吉思與牛津大學英國心臟基金會健康促進研究組織的同僚說,多吃的好處會更多。

根據他們的計算,如果各年齡層的成年人每天可以多吃一份蔬果,每年可以避免多達一萬一千例因血管問題死亡的案例。

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. boost n.

增加 (zeng1 jia1)

例: Passing my driving test was such a boost to my confidence.

(通過駕駛測驗讓我信心大增。)

2. comply v.

遵守 (zun1 shou3)

例: There are serious penalties for failure to comply with the regulations.

(不遵守規範會受到嚴厲懲罰。)

3. manage v.

設法做到 (she4 fa3 zuo4 dao4)

例: Can you manage dinner on Saturday?

(週六你能來吃晚餐嗎?)


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