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Lower Risk of Death More Than 40% by Eating This Many Fruits and Vegetables a Day


Biting apple Nutrition scientists have been promoting the effects of a diet filled with fruits and vegetables in their natural form for the better part of the last two decades, touting the plethora of protective flavonoids and fiber provided by these natural wonders. Most people would be impressed by the latest research showing that eating just seven daily portions of fruits and vegetables is enough to slash the risk of all-cause mortality by more than forty percent as compared to those eating one serving a day. While this is an impressive figure, it would be interesting to determine the protective effect of eating ten to twelve daily portions as recommended by many alternative nutritional practitioners.

Fruits and Vegetables in their Natural Form Dramatically Increase Natural Lifespan

A research team from the University College London, reviewing the eating habits of 65,226 people representative of the English population between 2001 and 2013, found that the more fruit and vegetables eaten, the less likely they were to die at any age. Publishing the results of their work in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, the team determined that eating seven or more portions reduces the specific risks of death from cancer and heart disease by 25 percent and 31 percent respectively. Interestingly, the research also showed that vegetables have significantly higher health benefits than fruit.

To conduct their study, the team analyzed lifestyle data from annual national health surveys for England between 2001 and 2008. The data of more than 65,000 randomly selected people aged 35 and over were evaluated for the study. During the study period, respondents reported eating just under four portions of fruit and vegetables the previous day. Over the course of the study, 4,399 of the tracked people (6.7 percent of the sample) had died.

Want to Go Above and Beyond? Target 12 or More Daily Servings of Fruits and Vegetables to Slash Chronic Disease Risks

Vegetables offered more protective benefits than fruit. Eating two to three portions of vegetables a day was linked with 19 percent lower risk of death, while an equivalent intake of fruit only provided a 10 percent lower risk of death. Lead study author, Dr Oyinlola Oyebode commented, “We all know that eating fruit and vegetables is healthy, but the size of the effect is staggering… the clear message here is that the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less likely you are to die at any age. Vegetables have a larger effect than fruit, but fruit still makes a real difference.”

As an aside, this research demonstrated that not only was there no health benefit to consuming fruit juices or canned fruits, these processed product actually led to alarming 17 percent increase in overall mortality, likely due to the excessive amounts of added sugars not bound to fiber as nature intended. Dr. Oyebode concluded, “Our study shows that people following Australia’s ‘Go for 2 + 5’ advice will reap huge health benefits…. however, people shouldn’t feel daunted by a big target like seven. Whatever your starting point, it is always worth eating more fruit and vegetables. In our study even those eating one to three portions had a significantly lower risk than those eating less than one.” This study confirms previously documented evidence that a natural food diet, limiting sugar and fried foods can significantly increase normal lifespan in humans.

John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and diet, health and nutrition researcher and author with a passion for understanding weight loss challenges and encouraging health modification through natural diet, lifestyle and targeted supplementation. John’s passion is to research and write about the cutting edge alternative health technologies that affect our lives. Discover the latest alternative health news concerning diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and weight loss at My Optimal Health Resource

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