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.