Nutrition scientists have been promoting the effects of a diet filled with fruits and vegetables in their natural form for the better part of the last two decades, touting the plethora of protective flavonoids and fiber provided by these natural wonders. Most people would be impressed by the latest research showing that eating just seven daily portions of fruits and vegetables is enough to slash the risk of all-cause mortality by more than 40 percent as compared to those eating one serving a day. While this is an impressive figure, it would be interesting to determine the protective effect of eating 10 to 12 daily portions as recommended by many alternative nutritional practitioners.
A research team from the University College London, reviewing the eating habits of 65,226 people representative of the English population between 2001 and 2013, found that the more fruit and vegetables people ate, the less likely they were to die at any age. Publishing the results of their work in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, the team determined that eating seven or more portions reduces the specific risks of death from cancer and heart disease by 25 percent and 31 percent respectively. Interestingly, the research also showed that vegetables have significantly higher health benefits than fruits.by