Mom was right! Eat your veggies.

Want to decrease your risk of dying? Eat your fruits and vegetables. The following information was garnered from a British study of 65,000 people for 12 years.

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables daily decreased risk of death from cancer by 25% and decreased risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 31%.

  • Vegetables have a greater “protective effect” than fruits have.
  • Canned fruit increased the statistical risk of death (I presume this is from the sugary syrup in the canned good)
  • Can’t eat seven servings a day? The study showed that one to three portions daily decreased the chance of death from any cause by 14%, three to five portions had a 29% impact, five to seven portions dropped the chances by 36%, seven or more portions produced a 42% decline in the risk of death.

The researchers noted that there are unmeasured “confounders” in the study and aspects that were not measured like salt and fat intake.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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