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Health Benefits of Fresh Fruits & Veggies

April 2, 2014

By analyzing data from 65,226 subjects who took part in the 2001 to 2013 Health Survey for England, researchers estimate that consuming seven or more portions of fruits and vegetables each day can reduce your chance of death by 42% compared to what you could expect from eating just one daily portion. Findings of this University College London study were published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

The research broke food choices down even further, suggesting that each portion of salad might reduce your overall risk of death by 13% and that each serving of fresh fruit cut risk by a smaller but still significant 4%. The fresh choice matters, because scientists calculated that each serving of canned or frozen fruit could increase risk of death by around 17%. Fruit juices didn't measure up either, because the added sugar nullifies any health benefit. For some advice on how much to eat, read today's Breaking News post at optimumnutrition.com