September 01, 2023

Prescriptions for Fruits and Vegetables Enhances Health and Well-Being

A new study finds that when physicians prescribe healthy fruits and vegetables, in addition to, or instead of drugs, patients’ health improves.

The study examined the effects of a six month prescription produce program on a group of individuals at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. A mix of adults and children participated in the study, with an average age of 54. As part of the program, participants received $63 a month to help pay for groceries. They also completed questionnaires about their fruit and vegetable consumption and received regular health screenings.

Researchers found that participants in the program ate more healthy fruits and vegetables and many lowered their blood sugar and blood pressure levels.

The program also reduced participants’ food insecurity. Today 7% of the senior population in the United States are food insecure.

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