Avid consumption of fruits and vegetables may help improve bone mass in adolescents, young and postmenopausal women.
This study analyzed the effect of high dietary ingestion of fruits and vegetables on bone mineral density in adolescents, young, and postmenopausal women. Researchers assessed the diets of 122 adolescents, 371 young women, and 333 postmenopausal women from China. The bone mineral density of all the subjects was measured using xray.
The team of investigators observed that participants on high fruit and vegetable diets had stronger bones than their colleagues who ate little or none of these plant foods. "Our findings add to the existing evidence that fruits and vegetables may have a bone sparing effect," the researchers concluded.