Time for more of this stuff in our diets, scientists say. (Shutterstock)
5 Servings of Fruit, Veggies Don’t Cut It
Study: 7 servings is optimal in terms of dropping death risk
By Matt Cantor, Newser Staff
Even if you’re a proud consumer of five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, you’re not getting enough, an extensive British study suggests. And steer clear of the canned stuff. University College London researchers reviewed the diets of 65,000 people; they found that those who ate more fresh fruits and vegetables tended to live longer, and the magic threshold seemed to be seven-plus servings every day. Those who hit that level reduced their risk of death “from all causes” by 42% as compared to those who ate less than one portion daily, the Guardian reports. More specifically, those big on fruits and veggies saw a 31% lower risk of heart disease and a 25% lower risk of cancer.
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