According to Dr. T. Jared Bunch, MD in an article for Everyday Health, regular consumption of fresh fruit has been linked to improved heart health, a reduced risk of heart disease and a lower risk of stroke. These results, he explains, occurred with people of all ages. “Both younger people and older people showed these benefits. And eating fruit was even helpful in people who had high blood pressure, smoked, drank alcohol, were obese, or led a relatively sedentary lifestyle.”