Five portions of fruit and vegetables a day – a familiar mantra for those concerned about their own and their children’s health – may not, after all, be enough, according to a new report by scientists, who suggest we should instead be aiming for seven a day, and mostly vegetables at that. Alarmingly for some who thought they were doing the right thing, tinned and frozen fruit may not be helpful at all.
The clear finding was that eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, including salads, was linked to living a longer life generally and in particular, to a lower chance of death from heart disease, stroke and cancer.
According to the study by University College London, which examined the eating habits of 65,000 people in England between 2001 and 2013, eating large quantities of fruit and vegetables significantly lowered the risk of premature death. Researchers found that eating seven helpings a day of fruit or vegetables could reduce a person’s overall risk of premature death by 42 per cent when compared with people who ate just one whole portion.
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FEBRUARY 23RD 2017 UPDATE
Big news: 10 a day is the best thing you can do – no joke this time! Really, ignore the silly joke from three years ago, science has moved on!