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Eat your fruits and vegetables! This is the result of a new large-scale scientific study. Your parents knew it far too well already, but researchers wanted to find out exactly how much produce should you consume daily for optimal results to your health status. Over 16 studies have been analyzed to answer the question. This meant looking at medical information of a total of 833.234 people. About 56.000 died in the follow-up period, BBC notes. Eating produce five times per day should be enough to sustain a healthy body. You could accompany a healthy diet with at least a short run per week, as it is proven to add a couple more years to your lifespan.
Produce are generally thought to be good for your health, but researchers intended to find out if the risks of developing heart problems and cancers can be reduced by produce consumption. Unfortunately, the results say that the risk of developing cancer is not reduced through eating more produce. But the good news is that each extra produce serving decreased the risk of death from all causes by five percent. The risk of cardiovascular death is only reduced by four percent for each additional serving.
Eating produce five times per day is enough or should we more?
“This analysis provides further evidence that a higher consumption of fruit and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, particularly cardiovascular mortality,” Prof Frank Hu, the research team leader, stated.
Another recent research said that seven fruits and vegetables servings per day would decrease the overall mortality risks. If one or another are true are right now of a lesser importance, because people eat on average less than servings of fresh produce. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that just about 25 percent of Americans consume produce three or more times per day.
Overall, eating fruits and vegetables is, once again, proven to be extremely beneficial to your health. “Eating a healthy, balanced diet that is high in fruit, vegetables and fibre and low in saturated fat, sugar and salt, alongside being more active, will help you to maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers”, Dr Alison Tedstone from Public Health England declared for BBC.
Eating produce five times per day is beneficial, but not everybody can afford to buy this amount of fruits and vegetables, which is problematic food for thought for policy makers.
The results are published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.