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Seven or more portions of fruit and veg a day 'save lives'

1st April 2014

A study of over 65,000 men and women (between 2001 and 2008) indicated that the more fruit and vegetables people ate, the less likely they were to die prematurely.


According to results, seven vegetables were suggested to improve chances further than the current 5-a-day guideline.

The study looked at numerous types of death and found that risk of premature death (from any cause) decreased as fruit and veg consumption increased.

The University College London researchers used to National Health Survey, which collects data on diet and lifestyle from people in England through yearly questionnaires.

The risk of death was measured by percentage versus the portions of fruit and veg consumed (percentages represent the decreased chance of premature death):

  • 14% for 1-3 portions
  • 29% for 3-5 portions
  • 36% for 5-7 portions
  • 42% for 7+ portions

Senior dietician, Victoria Taylor, from the British Heart Foundation, said people were still struggling to meet the existing target of at least five a day.

A government spokesperson agreed that the current advice is seen as sufficient and that people find it difficult enough as it is.


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