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Five a Day: Fruits and Veggies Lower Death Risk

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

You know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for you. But new research shows just how good. In an analysis of 16 studies lasting five to 26 years, the risk of death during the study periods dropped 5 percent for every one serving of fruits and veggies eaten per day. Protection increased with additional servings, but beyond five (which lowered the risk of death by 26 percent), no extra benefit was seen. The studies, which involved a total of 833,234 participants and 56,423 deaths, showed that fruit and veggie consumption is associated with preventing heart disease in particular, but didn’t affect cancer risk.
Source: The BMJ, published online July 29, 2014