We all know the amazing benefits of fruit and vegetable in our diet and we strive to eat our recommended daily dose of five a day – but it isn’t enough, it would seem.
A new study has revealed that the recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day may not be enough – and that we actually need seven or more.
The study which was carried out by the University College London found that people who ate seven or more portions of fruit and veg per day had a 33% reduced risk of dying than those who didn’t.
It was found that people who ate seven or more helpings per day had a reduced risk of dying from cancer by up to 25% and from heart disease by up to 31%.
Dr. Oyinlola Oyebode, the study’s lead author made the message of the research clear: “The clear message here is that the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less likely you are to die at any age.”