The 5-A-Day Mix: Eating 2 Fruits And 3 Vegetables Improves Health And Longevity

Health News: According to the findings of a new study, consuming larger portions of fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of death in men and women.

This data was revealed after studying nearly 2 million adults. The study had revealed that five daily servings, divided into 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables, is likely the right amount and combination for longer life.

The study states that a wholesome diet rich in fruits and vegetables averts the risk for numerous, persistent health conditions, resulting in death, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, sadly, only 1 in 10 adults eat enough fruits or vegetables, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thus, the key pointers revealed by the study are:

  • Regular consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with the lowest risk of death. Anything more than that does not produce additional benefits.
  • Eating two servings daily of fruits and three servings of vegetables on a regular basis is associated with the greatest longevity.
  • Participants who consumed 5 servings had a 13% lower risk of death from all causes than those with 2 servings. They were also in a better position with a 12% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, a 10% lower risk of death from cancer, and a 35% lower risk of death from respiratory disease. 
  • Fruits and vegetables like starchy vegetables, fruit juices, and potatoes will not reduce the risk of death from all causes or specific chronic diseases.
  • Green leafy vegetables and fruit rich in beta carotene and vitamin C showed the associated benefits.

To Know More About this news, You May Refer To:

Dong D. Wang, Yanping Li, Shilpa N. Bhupathiraju, Bernard A. Rosner, Qi Sun, Edward L. Giovannucci, Eric B. Rimm, JoAnn E. Manson, Walter C. Willett, Meir J. Stampfer, Frank B. Hu. Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Mortality: Results From 2 Prospective Cohort Studies of US Men and Women and a Meta-Analysis of 26 Cohort Studies. Circulation, 2021; DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.048996

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