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Eat some fruit – fresh AND dried – every day. British researchers found eating one cup of fresh fruit, like an apple – and a‑third of a cup of dried fruit, like raisins or dried apricots, can reduce your risk of heart attack by 40%. It’s down to the plant compounds they contain called polyphenols, which heal and strengthen blood vessel walls, and prevent the buildup of artery-clogging plaque. The recommended amount again: One cup of fresh fruit – and a‑third of a cup of dried fruit.