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Good news for party animals: Plant-based diets may be able to offset some of the bad habits putting you at risk for cancer and heart disease. A study conducted by Australia’s Edith Cowan University concluded that the flavonoids found in fruit, vegetables and teas had the greatest positive effect on smokers and those who indulged in more than two alcoholic drinks a day, reducing their risk of death from these diseases more so than for other study subjects. Participants who took in around 500 milligrams of flavonoids daily, the amount in about five to seven servings of flavonoid-rich foods like kale and blueberries, saw the greatest risk reduction, but the average American adult gets only 200 to 250 milligrams per day.
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