More Than Just An Apple A Day

April 19, 2017

If you want to live longer, new research says you should eat more than five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

A new analysis found that the greatest benefit came from eating 10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. CBS News says if everyone ate this amount --equal to about 800 grams, or 28 ounces-- approximately 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide could be prevented.

That amount of food was also linked to:
   --24 percent reduced risk of heart disease.
   --33 percent reduced risk of stroke.
   --28 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
   --13 percent reduced risk of cancer.
   --31 percent reduction in premature death.

If that's just too much healthy food for you, the study also found that smaller amounts of fruits and veggies also had protective benefits: 200 grams of fruits and veggies per day --equal to two and a half servings-- was linked to a four percent reduction in risk of cancer, and a 15 percent reduction in the risk of premature death.