Study suggests seven daily servings of vegetables and fruits needed

By Kyle Johnson,

A new study suggests that five servings of fruits and vegetables isn't actually enough to improve the longevity of one's life, it should be more like seven servings.

The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and suggests reducing the risk heart disease, stroke and other health-related problems by eating two additional servings to what the World Health Organization has suggested for the last couple of decades.

A serving of fruits and vegetables is considered to be about 3 ounces.

The study, done by scientists at the University College London, examined fruit and vegetable consumption data and its relation to mortality rates for those over the age of 35, the Los Angeles Times reports. Data from over 65,000 people from a 12-year period was looked at.

Those involved in the study averaged about 3.8 servings a day of fruit and vegetables and, while scientists didn't take into account salt, fat or total daily calories consumed, found that those who ate more fruit and vegetables tended to have a lower body-mass index.

According to The Telegraph, eating seven servings could reduce one's risk for premature death by 42 percent, compared against someone who ate only a single serving.

The study suggested that 10 is actually the best number when it comes to the amount of daily servings of fruits and vegetables one should consume to improve their health.

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