Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy diets 15 April 2008 Diets that prevent strokes A 24-year study found that eating these foods drastically lowers your risk of developing heart problems. 0 Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » 10 foods to boost your immune system Your quick guide to Banting Here are examples of food choices made by healthy women in a 24-year study. They had fewer heart attacks and strokes than women with less healthy eating habits. The choices listed below are similar to the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). More than eight total servings of fruits and vegetables daily. A serving is a half-cup of cooked vegetables or one cup raw, or a small piece of fruit. One total serving daily of nuts and legumes, about a handful of peanuts or a half-cup legumes, including lentils, kidney beans and split peas. At least two servings daily of whole grains. A serving is a slice of whole-grain bread or a half-cup of cooked whole-grain pasta or rice, or about a cup of dry cereal. Almost two daily servings of low-fat dairy products. A serving equals eight ounces of milk or one cup of yoghurt. A half serving daily of red or processed meats, including bacon and hot dogs. A full serving is about the size of a deck of cards. (The DASH diet does not recommend those high-fat meats. It calls for no more than two servings daily of lean meat, fish or poultry.) – (Sapa) Read more: The DASH diet April 2008 More in Diet and nutrition Fast food diet has benefits? More: Diet and nutritionHealthy diets advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.