Experts: Eat veggies and live longer
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5:22 PM -
A recent study gives us even more reason to reach for the carrots, apples, lettuce and other fruits and veggies. Eating plenty of them may help us live a longer, better quality life.
All it takes is seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That may cut the risk of premature death by 42%, according to a new study from University College London.
It found that diets rich in fruits and veggies may protect against cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.
Eating at least seven servings helped the most, but each serving increase was associated with a lower risk of death.
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When the scientists broke it down by cause of death, they found fruit and veggie lovers who consumed the most had a 31% lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke and a 25% lower risk of dying from cancer.
Vegetables seemed to provide a greater health benefit than fruit.
Researchers looked at more than 65,000 adults over age 35 between 2001 and 2008 -- and only recorded one day of the participant's fruit and vegetable consumption.
It did not look at other dietary habits such as salt use, the fat content of meals, or overall calorie consumption.
This isn't the first study to indicate that fruits and veggies are good for you.
Other, unrelated papers show that the antioxidants and Omega-3 fats found in some fruits and veggies can combat the signs of aging.
It looks like an apple a day really can keep the doctor away.