You know what they say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. It seems that just one apple is not enough, as new scientific studies reveal. Apparently people who eat fruits and vegetables 7 times a day decrease the risks of dying by 42%. Also, the same study made a pretty interesting discovery: vegetables are healthier than fruits.
The new study involved more than 65,000 people over the age of 35 who were kept under observation between 2001 and 2008. The ones who participated in the study say to have eaten an approximate 3.8 servings of vegetables and fruits daily. The researchers found that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can protect against common causes of death like cancer and heart disease. The results of the study have shown that people who eat a lot of veggies had a 25% lower risk of developing and dying from cancer and a 31% lower risk of having a stroke or dying from heart disease.
The same study shows that vegetables provide greater health benefits than fruits. Eating more fruits daily apparently did not increase the chance of survival for the participants involved.
The conclusion is that we need to eat more vegetables every day, even if we think that we have a pretty healthy lifestyle and diet. We need to increase the number of vegetables consumed each day, as this can decrease the risks of developing serious illnesses like different forms of cancer and heart disorders.
Eating more vegetables and fruits decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease
This recent study is a follow-up to a previous one that revealed that women who are eating 8 to 9 servings of vegetables and fresh fruits in their 20’s decrease the risks of developing dangerous plaque in the arteries when they are in their 40’s.
Our advice is: eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can. As studies show, the more the better.