In case you missed it, even if you think you’ve got this whole healthy eating thing figured out, you’re probably not eating enough fruits and vegetables every day. According to a recent review of 95 studies on diet and health, we should be doubling our daily intake of fruit and vegetables to lower our risk of dying from a heart attack or cancer.
That means 10 portions a day is the magic number. The recommendation used to be five a day, but scientists say that’s not enough anymore. "Five a day is good," says Dagfinn Aune of the Imperial College of London. "But more is even better."
The review shows that people who ate 10 portions of fruits and veggies a day had almost a third lower risk of dying from health-related disease than those who didn’t eat any during the length of studies - which spanned three to 30 years. Research also shows that eating cruciferous veggies - like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and kale - is linked to a lower risk of cancer.
So if you’ve been eating five servings of healthy fruits and veggies all along, it’s time to up your game. Doubling down has lots of health benefits and 10 is the new five.
Source: My Domaine