According to researchers at Imperial College London, eating up to 10 portions of fruit and veggies a day will reduce the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death.
“Fruit and vegetables have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and to boost the health of our blood vessels and immune system,” says study co-author Dr. Dagfinn Aune. “This may be due to the complex network of nutrients they hold. For instance, they contain many antioxidants, which may reduce DNA damage and lead to a reduction in cancer risk.”
Although the Imperial College researchers say 10 serving of fruit and vegetables is ideal for prevention, eating a small amount of servings (around 2.5) still reduce the risk of heart and stroke demonstrably.
They also advise to strive for variety in your produce choices.
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Forget five a day, Eat 10 Portions of Fruit and Veg to Cut Risk of Early Death
Fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortality–a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies