A healthy diet is essential to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and other circulatory issues, according to one expert, which could leave people needing home care.
Linda Main, dietetic advisor for HEART UK, said that it has been known for some time that a healthy diet is key in reducing the risk of heart and circulatory problems.
"This is not only because of the beneficial nutrients contained in fruit and vegetables themselves - vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and other plant nutrients - but because of nutrients they do not contain like fats, particularly saturated fat and salt," she added.
Meanwhile, data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Heart study has shown that people who consumed at least eight portions of fruit and vegetables per day had a 22 per cent lower risk of dying from ischaemic heart disease
than those who ate fewer than three portions per day.