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More Fruit, Vegetable Consumptions Linked To Reduced Premature Death Risks


In a new study it is said eating at least seven portions of vegetables and fruit a day is healthier than the current recommended five portions. It would also prolong lives.
Researchers conducted the study on more than 65,000 men and women and found the death rate reduces with intake of more fruit and vegetables.

It is said the death risk is cut by 42 percent with “seven a day” and 29 percent with “five a day.”

However, the government says many still does not get even “five a day,” and hence the advice is sufficient.

Experts mention the fruit and vegetables are not the only factors linked to drop in mortality, but not smoking and not drinking excessively too plays important role in keeping good health.

Researchers from the University College London used data between 2001 and 2008 of National Health Survey, which collects information in the UK every year based on nurse visits and questionnaires related to lifestyle and diet.

The analysis looked at the general mortality and also death from stroke, heart disease and cancer. Researchers found the risk of premature deaths from these health issues decreased with the increase of fruit and vegetable consumption.

The reduced risks are as below:

For those who ate 1 to 3 portions of fruit and vegetables a day had 14 percent reduced risk.

For 3 to 5 the risk dropped by 29 percent.

Risk reduced by 36 percent for five to seven a day fruit and veg consumption.

It was 42 percent reduced risk for seven or more.

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