A new University College London study reports recently: eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42 percent compared to eating less than one portion. Based on the Health Survey of England, scientists from UCL studied the eating habits of 65,226 people between 2,001 and 2,003. They found out that the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less likely you will die at any age. On top of that, they also claim that vegetables have significantly higher health benefits than fruits.
The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, found that fresh vegetables had the strongest protective effect, with each daily portion reducing overall risk of death by 16%. Salad contributed to a 13% risk reduction per portion, and each portion of fresh fruit was associated with a 4% reduction.
However, they found no evidence of significant benefit from fruit juice, and canned and frozen fruit even appeared to increase risk of death by 17% per portion. That’s mainly due to the high sugar levels and cheap varieties packed in syrup.
Now, do you want to stop reading and have a healthier life by eating a fresh apple?