Los Angeles Times (CA) –  By Jeannine Stein

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Next time you’re considering skipping the salad bar, think again: Eating more raw fruits and vegetables could alter the effects of a gene that’s a marker for heart disease.

Researchers genotyped 27,243 people from two separate studies to see if they had a certain gene variant. The 9p21 gene has been shown in previous studies to be linked with a higher risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease, including a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. that found a statistically significant link between people who had the 9p21 gene variant and a greater chance of developing heart disease.

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