Dr Russ Blog - "2 + 5" and Stay Alive?
"2 + 5" and Stay Alive?
Created on 4/4/2014
There is a lot of research evidence out there suggesting that we eat more produce in order to stay healthy.
Even some data suggesting that eating vegetables is probably more important than eating fruits.
And new research out of Great Britain reinforces these messages.
In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers found that self-reported intake of 7+ servings of vegetables and fruits per day was associated with a 42% reduced risk of death from any cause.
That is a big reduction in risk.
Vegetables, including eating salads, had an even stronger impact on the results than eating fruits.
And the more produce a person ate, the better their outcomes - in fact, at the low end, those who ate 1-3 servings per day had better survival rates than those eating only one serving a day.
And more looks better for us.
The authors are careful to state they have not shown that eating this way CAUSES people to live longer - they have simply shown an association between higher intake of vegetables and fruit (regarding fruit - especially fresh fruit) and a reduced risk of death -
including death due to heart disease or cancer.
Other factors need to be factored in such as fitness, smoking, and existing illness.
But, these data are impressive.
And isn't it good to know you might be able to live longer just by eating more vegetables (especially) and fresh fruit (some) each day?
I think the Aussies have got something there with the "Go for 2 + 5" campaign - it makes sense, it has good research behind it, and it's pretty easy.
Pop a few more veggies on your plate, maybe some salad each day, and a little fresh fruit - you very well might be healthier for it.
And maybe even live healthier and longer.
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