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Prescription produce: Study shows positive impact on health with ‘Produce Prescriptions’

A recent study reveals that “produce prescriptions,” where doctors and healthcare providers prescribe fruits and vegetables, lead to increased produce consumption, weight loss, and significant reductions in blood pressure. The study involved 3,881 participants from low-income neighbourhoods who received food vouchers worth $15 to $300 per month to purchase more fruits and vegetables. Results indicate that adults increased their daily produce intake by about 30%, with adults consuming an average of 0.85 additional cups per day and children eating 0.26 cups more. This approach addresses food insecurity and chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes, demonstrating potential benefits. However, more research, including randomised trials, is needed to establish a direct link between increased produce consumption and health improvements.

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