A new study suggests that eating seven or more portions of fruit and veggies a day is significantly healthier than the five a day currently recommended, and may protect against disease. Following recommendations from the World Health Organization, in 2003 the UK launched the “5-a-day” fruit and vegetable campaign.
The results of the study indicated that the more fruit and vegetables people ate, the less likely they were to die prematurely, regardless of their age.
The total risk of death was reduced by:
- 14% by eating one to two portions of fruit or veggies per day
- 29% for three to five
- 36% for five to seven
- 42% for seven or more
Seven portions a day also significantly cut the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease. Fresh vegetables had the most significant effect on lowering mortality risks, followed by salads, fruit and dried fruit. These plant foods are rich in fiber, antioxidants and important micronutrients that are involved in repairing damaged cells and fighting disease-causing free radicals.
So Just Eat Plants.