10 daily portions of fruit and vegetables can prolong life

Researchers have said that eating 10 portions of fruit and vegetables daily can have life prolonging effects.

The research was done by the Imperial College of London have concluded that by following such a diet almost 7.8 million premature deaths annually. Researchers have also singled out vegetables and fruits that can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Green vegetables (eg spinach), yellow vegetables (eg peppers) and calciferous vegetables (eg cauliflower) were linked with reducing risks of cancer, while apples, pears, citrus fruits, salads and green leafy vegetables (eg lettuce) were linked with reducing heart disease.

According to this research the more fruit and vegetables you eat the more benefit you can get, however, small amounts can also be very useful and a portion is defined as 80g of fruits and vegetables. This amount is equivalent to a small pear or a banana, or it could be three full teaspoons of spinach or peas.

The research was a collection of 95 different studies about the eating habits of almost 2 million people. The results were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology which also studied the risks of premature deaths.

One of the researchers Dr Dagfinn Aune said: “”Fruit and vegetables have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and to boost the health of our blood vessels and immune system. This may be due to the complex network of nutrients they hold.

“For instance, they contain many antioxidants, which may reduce DNA damage and lead to a reduction in cancer risk.”But in reality most of the people do not even eat the five portions per day recommended by the World Health Organization.

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