Published: Sat, February 25, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Forget five a day ...we need to DOUBLE our fruit intake

Forget five a day ...we need to DOUBLE our fruit intake

For example, the 10-portion eater could expect a cut in heart disease risk of 24 per cent, but someone eating a quarter of that amount would still get a 16 per cent reduction, according to the study.

Many people following a "Western diet" today eat insufficient amounts of fruit and vegetables.

This risk was calculated in comparison to not consuming any fruit and vegetables. The study showed even small amounts of these have a health, but more quantity is better still. These researchers had analyzed data from about 95 studies based on vegetables and fruits intake. Each analysis included information on several hundred thousand people.

However, the researchers found that the more fruits and vegetables participants ate daily, the greater the benefits. Fruit smoothies, which can contain higher levels of fruit, lower levels of fibre but also more sugar, were not assessed and neither were "green" smoothies.

We've all been told to eat our fruits and vegetables.

200g is associated with a 15% reduction in the risk of dying early, whereas 800g reduced that risk by 31%.

But, getting this much greenery is not always easy, especially if you are not vegan or vegetarian. There could be other differences not controlled for in the study that could explain at least some of the difference.

However, Dr Aune said the conclusions were "quite robust".

Eating 10 portions of fruit & veg a day could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide, new research has claimed. If replicated globally, somehow, perhaps by putting blended kale into the water supply or adding powdered broccoli to the chemtrail mix, 7.8 million premature deaths could be averted.

The benefits appear to come through lower rates of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death. The results are published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Many people took to social media to express their horror at the thought of trying to double their fruit and veg intake. This is equivalent to a small banana, apple or pear, a large mandarin or three heaped tablespoons of cooked vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or peas.

Canned fruits, however, were linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death.

"We need further research into the effects of specific types of fruits and vegetables and preparation methods of fruit and vegetables". That's not just assumption, it's backed by science: Between 2009 and 2015 there was a seven percent decrease in adult American's consumption of fruit and vegetables.

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