The American Heart Association just published a report recommending that adults eat fruits and vegetables. An observational study showed that two fruit and three vegetable servings per day may contribute to a longer life.
The large study — over two million participants, from multiple countries, over a period of 30 years — concluded that following the recommended servings led to less risk of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and a lower incidence of cancer deaths.
“The American Heart Association recommends filling at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal,” said Anne Thorndike, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the Association’s nutrition committee and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “This research provides strong evidence for the lifelong benefits of eating fruits and vegetables and suggests a goal amount to consume daily for ideal health. Fruits and vegetables are naturally packaged sources of nutrients that can be included in most meals and snacks. Starchy vegetables, such as peas and corn, fruit juices and potatoes do not lead to the described benefits.
Not all fruits and vegetables are equal. Green leafy vegetables, including spinach, lettuce and kale are good. Starchy vegetables, like potatoes, are not quite so good. Fruit, rich in beta carotene and vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, berries and carrots also showed benefits.
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