An apple a day apparently is no longer enough to keep the doctor away. A recent study suggests we eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables, especially vegetables.
True enough, some people began to despair at the sheer volume of the foodstuff they have to consume daily to stay healthy.
But wait. American and Chinese scientists have found just the right number: five.
That’s all it takes to reduce the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer, according to The Guardian.
In April, scientists at the University College London studied the eating habits of 65,000 people who had responded to an eight-year survey.
They found that the more fruit and vegetables people eat, the better, and that vegetables give more protection than fruit.
Eating at least seven portions of fresh fruit and vegetables lowers the risk of cancer by 25 percent and heart disease or stroke by 31 percent.
Their findings were published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, part of the British Medical Journal group (BMJ).
In the latest research, also published in the BMJ, experts culled results from 16 studies involving 833,234 participants, of whom 56,423 had died.
They found that the average risk of death from all causes was reduced by 5 percent for each additional daily serving of fruit and vegetables and the specific risk of cardiovascular death – from heart disease or stroke – was reduced by 4 percent for each additional daily serving of fruit and vegetables, the report said.
But the risks did not drop any further for those people who ate more than five portions a day.
So there is your new magic number.
Meanwhile, I think I’ll have my usual apple today.
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