It’s no secret that eating five servings of fruits and vegetables is a boon to your overall health and well-being. We have known that for years. But it was always a bit vague about the breakdown. In a new study by the American Heart Association published in Circulation, there is actually an optimal fruit to vegetable ratio that can help you live longer.
It turns out that two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables are the sweet spot. The study was based on health data, including dietary feedback, from more than 100,000 people over 30 years of age. These results were combined with fruit and vegetable intake data that confirm the deaths of 26 international studies involving 1.9 million people.
Analysis of the combined studies found five servings of products per day with the lowest risk of death. Interestingly, eating more than five servings did not offer any additional benefits. The study found some strong numbers to support its findings. For example, participants on a “5-a-day” diet had a 13 percent lower risk of death from all reasons, a 12 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, a 10 percent lower risk of death from Cancer and a 35 percent lower risk of death from respiratory disease.
Of course, the diet will only work if you follow it. However, only one in ten adults eats enough fruits and vegetables, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So if you want to live a little longer, spend more time in the product department. And to be very clear, the researchers pointed out that fruit juices and starchy vegetables like peas, corn, and potatoes shouldn’t count towards your five servings (sorry).
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